Today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 1-4
Highlights: What is the meaning of life? The book of Ecclesiastes documents Solomon’s personal quest to discover the meaning of life. Solomon’s qualifications to be a philosopher are his wisdom and his position which enables him to try everything life has to offer. His conclusion is that “under the sun” all is meaningless – life is filled with problems, inequities, momentary thrills that leave one unsatisfied – and then you die. Twice in these early chapters (2:24, 3:12) he says there is nothing better than to eat and drink and do good. The book begins to suggest in these early chapters and will ultimately conclude later that the true meaning of life is only found in trusting God.
What are some of the specific problems in life that he identifies in the first 4 chapters?