Ecclesiastes is normally interpreted as a chapter about the author’s meaningless chase after short-lived goals – the chasing after wind. The author of this book had everything. He had friends, wives, wealth, material goods, and even wisdom like no other. Still, he found no meaning in the earthly life he was living.
This is true, somewhat. Yes, earthly things do fade away and people will pass away. We are somewhat resigned to the fact that we will die no matter, the things we have will amount to nothing in the end – money, friends, material goods, cars, university transcripts, jobs, ranks, and even life itself (As seen in Ecc 3).
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
But there is this hope with the unchanging God at the helm. With a strong foundation, things can come and go, and you will not be shaken. There is an ultimate hope for the future that we can look forward to.
12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)
Despite the supposedly meaningless life we are living now, we should enjoy and make the full use of life that we have. We only live life once, and let’s not waste it away. Don’t waste it away on chasing after “vapour”, short-lived pleasures. Pursue the better.