For twenty-three verses of Ecclesiastes 2, you might find yourself asking, “What’s the use?” Most of the book is devoted to illustrating the preacher’s thesis. He gives example after example of how life is meaningless. Chapter 2 continues this list of vain activities of life.
This list of vanities is loaded with application. Don’t spend your time focused on these things, or else life will be meaningless. To the youth, don’t spend so much focus on trying to be popular. Don’t get involved in the pleasures of this world like alcohol (2:3). Many have tried these routes, but in the end find them to be meaningless. To the young adult, don’t spend needless energy trying to amass your fortune. Many try, but in the end discover that wealth is meaningless. To the senior adult, don’t spend needless time or money on endless measures to keep from dying. In the end, God designed us all so that we would die.
But before you give up on life or God, please consider verses 24 and 25. Our work, our families, our money, our everything are all gifts from God. With Him, we can find meaning in life, but only in Him.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.