I wish that everyone could be joyous. Joyfulness everyday in fact. What if we all treated each other with love, kindness and respect? Wouldn’t that be joy within itself? What if when I met you for the very first time and before we even greeted each other, all we could see is love in each other’s eyes? What if we could feel an agape love from each other’s embrace? Couldn’t we experience intimacy at its highest level? No, not the intimacy shared between husband and wife but the kind of intimacy we share with God. Genuine love for one another is eroded, yet, we love our God we say. If we love Him then we must love each other. Correct? Surely we can’t profess love for God and hate each other because we are of different races, or sexual preference, religious beliefs and all the other insignificant factors calculated into our inability to simply love one another. Whether we love each other or not, we live a meaningless life.
“Everything is meaningless, completely meaningless. What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south and then turns north. Around and around it goes blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself,. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past and in the future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2-11) NLT.
Oh this meaningless life we live, you and I. I don’t aim to offend by saying your life is meaningless. In this usage of the word meaningless, I learned of the Hebrew word hebel which means “vapor” Our life and everything about it is a vapor. Everything that we accomplish is but a breath. The money the wealthy man has is meaningless for him as he can’t take it with him to the grave. Whether we are foolish or wise, our lives are meaningless. And, even so, as we live in a society riddled with corruption from every angle, we fail to grasp hold of the concept of the meaninglessness of life. “But I did find this, God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path.” (Ecclesiastes 7:29) NLT
Most of everything contained here comes from the short book of Ecclesiastes. Even in its briefness, it is full of lessons to be learned by us all. There are thoughts to be pondered about this meaningless life of ours. I particularly fell in love with Chapter 12:5-8 as King Solomon specifies remembering our Creator. “Yes, remember your Creator while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken.” (Verse 6). While our life is but a vapor, it is still very much as valuable as the silver cord and the golden bowl.
Yes, what I did yesterday is meaningless and what I will do tomorrow will become meaningless. And in knowing that, I will remember Him and obey His commands. I am going to love you regardless of our differences because I can’t love Him without loving you. King Solomon said, “There is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and find satisfaction in work. These pleasures are from the hand of God. Who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him”?