December 29, 2017

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

Ugly Emptiness

Ecclesiastes is known for its wisdom in how to live well. King Solomon talks about the fleeting nature of our days and how much of our time is spent in vanity.

This passage says there is a time for everything and a season for everything we do. We prepare for the holidays and the season of Christmas and that preparation has its place. In the same way, when Christmas is over, it is time for something new. We still operate in a place of preparation, but rather than preparing for Christ’s birth, we prepare for his return.

3:11 says, “God has set eternity in the human heart, yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” God has given us a desire and a longing for more than what we can touch, taste, see or feel here on earth, yet our understanding of that desire is limited. For as long as we inhabit these human bodies, we will wrestle with a sense of emptiness and longing because we were created for more than we can grasp or take in on earth. Perhaps instead of feeling down or disappointed by the empty feeling, we should consider thankfulness that our hearts were made for more!