Daily Devotional Series - Day 2
When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, Eve was given the curse of painful childbirth and Adam was given the curse that life would be an endless season of hard work. The rest is history. The God gravy train was done. Life without God is hard and pointless. That’s the conclusion the “Teacher” comes to. We don’t know for sure, but the author of Ecclesiastes was likely Solomon, the son of David, third king of Israel, wealthiest man on the planet, and author of Proverbs as the wisest person who ever lived. In Ecclesiastes you can see him looking back on life and the lives of those around him and discovering what is really important. He sees such frustration and pointlessness is so much of human activity. We work so hard but never really gain anything. We solve one problem but only make two more. Even becoming more wise leads to mourning because you see how the world “could” be and how people fall short. But that’s life without God.
Sometimes we have to be wakened out of the sleep of routine. Several years ago, a radio personality challenged his audience to give one good reason for the existence of organized religion. He cited all the bad things done in the world in the name of religion. Knowing that any response would be spat at, I had to get some perspective and asked myself, what would my life look like without Jesus? The answer was pretty bleak. As we walk this journey together, we need to also ask, what is life like with Jesus? What changes? What do I need to cling to? What can I let go of? Take a few moments and answer those questions today.
I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.