“2 It is useless, useless,” said the philosopher. Life is useless, all useless. 3 You spend your life working, laboring, and what do you have to show for it? 4 Generations come and generations go, but the world stays just the same. 5 The sun still rises, and it still goes down, going wearily back to where it must start all over. The wind blows south. 6 The wind blows north — round and round back again. 7 Every river flows into the sea, but the sea is not yet full. The waters return to where the rivers began. 8 Everything leads to weariness, a weariness too great for words. Our eyes can never see enough to be satisfied our ears can never hear enough. 9 What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the whole world.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2-9)
As I was reading Ecclesiastes in the Bible I realized we all felt like “The Philosopher” at some point in time. The Bible stated that the fact that this story is in the book shows biblical faith that is broad enough to take into account such pessimism and doubt. The philosopher was Davids son and he was King in Jerusalem. He could not understand Gods’ ways but still advised people to work hard and enjoy the gifts of God as much as they could. He believed that whether you had a lot of knowledge or a little bit that it didn’t make a difference. He spent his time learning about God but felt like life didn’t have much meaning.
According to him the more we know the more it hurts. “The wiser you are, the more worries you have: the more you know: the more it hurts.” (Ecclesiastes 2:18) I remember when I first started my journey I was so excited. Then towards the middle of my journey I felt stuck. I just remember sitting in my room thinking about what I can do with all this knowledge. I asked myself “What do I do now?” Fast forward and here I am. You can do so many things with the wisdom you gain from the Lord. You can write about Him, sing about Him, preach about Him, etc. Truth is He didn’t give us an imagination for no reason. With our minds we can create the world we want to live in. If we can envision it, we can achieve it.
We do have to live our life to the fullest potential. However, life is not necessarily about the American dream. Don’t worry about yesterday because you can not remake it. Don’t plan tomorrow because you never know what might happen. Just live in the present moment because that’s all you can do. Trust the process and that Jesus is still carrying us on His back, just like He died on that cross for us. Love Him while you have the chance, seek Him before it’s too late. We never know which day the Rapture may come. Look I’m just saying we also need to worry about our afterlife… as long as I can find that straight and narrow road that leads me to the wide doors of His Kingdom, I’m good.