“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” the richest King to ever live once wrote.
Surely, not everything is meaningless right?
Our culture is fixated on happiness, pleasure, wealth and riches, and fame. Surely one of those has some meaning to it. What about wealth and riches? Wouldn’t life be better if you had enough money to do whatever you wanted, buy whatever you wanted, experience whatever you wanted? It seems as though one could be very happy with a lot of money. Wait, wouldn’t happiness be an even worthwhile endeavor for us all to achieve? After all, if you are happy, then life feels great. No stress, no worries, no problems, everything is fine in life.
Being the richest King to ever have lived, King Solomon had everything. Wealth, riches, success, happiness, women, fame, fortune and long life. He experienced everything good one could possibly imagine. His kingdom was so strong and vast that everyone in the world knew of him and nothing was held back from him. Even after all this, he still said that it all was meaningless. Why? Why would someone with so much say it was all meaningless?
“All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean…” King Solomon said.
What is the common destiny to all? Surely it is not money, fame, or success. What about happiness? Everyone could experience that right?
“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun” King Solomon then stated.
Once we die, the meaning of life ends because life itself ends. Our wealth will not save us from death. Our happiness will not keep us from death. Our fame will not protect us from death.
In light of eternity, our life is like a blade of grass. One day it sprouts up and the next it withers and fades. It is a proven fact that 100% of all people die. So, what should the meaning of life be for anyone who will die one day?
King Solomon shared the answer for all who would listen. “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
The end of the matter about the meaning of life is eternity. Where will you spend eternity after you die? Will it be in heaven with God? Or someplace else without God?
The meaning of life, as King Solomon put it: “Fear God and keep His commandments.”
To fear God is to live in reverence for Him. Knowing that He holds your very life in His hands. Keeping His commandment is to not sin. Here is a list of a few: lying, stealing, adultery, coveting, blasphemy, idolatry, etc.
The bad news is if you broke one of the commandments, you are guilty of breaking them all and are to be punished. The punishment is death and hell.
The good news is if you glorify God, you will be saved. How do you glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands. How do you know what He commands? By reading the bible where He tells you what commands.
Through repentance (asking for forgiveness AND turning from sin) and faith in Jesus Christ with God’s grace, God allows your punishment to be taken by Jesus Christ. The punishment for our sin is paid, not by you but by Jesus.
You are no longer guilty but free. Free to be with God in heaven for eternity.
So, the meaning of life is to glorify God. And how do you do that? By loving Him and doing what He commands. How do you know and do what He commands? By reading the bible and repenting of your sins.
As the richest King ever to live once said, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
~Dustin Heiner is a best selling author, real estate investor, blogger, and podcaster who writes about his passions and experiences in life. He has a passion to teach people how he quit his job with passive income and rental properties so he could spend more time with his family and be independent. Many people have been helped by Dustin and his wife Melissa in their marriages and investing in passive income.
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