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Immerse: Poets - Week 11

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” -Ecclesiastes 1:9
There is nothing new under the sun. Everything is meaningless. Woe is me! My life has no purpose and no meaning. I have no value. Nothing I do in this life will ever be worth anything. What IS the point?

If you are living and breathing, you have struggled with thoughts like these. I’m willing to wager every single person who reads this today has pondered these things at least once. We all have to answer questions about our own existence, about our purpose, and about our value in this world. And if you think Ecclesiastes is the place to find answers about that… I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.

But Ecclesiastes does have something to offer you: words of wisdom from someone who’s been there, who’s walked that road. Often in Scripture, it’s so hard to find characters or passages which are directly relatable to pretty much everyone. I firmly believe Ecclesiastes is one of those rare sections of Scripture which meets that need for all of us because all of us have a desperate need to find our meaning, our value and our purpose.

Often, the reason we feel helpless, hopeless, meaningless and worthless is because we’re looking with veiled eyes which aren’t paying attention to eternity. During your reading, you’ll notice little nuggets of hope scattered throughout the despair, and I want you at those moments to remember all the things Solomon is despairing about are temporary – they’ll all fade away eventually. Then, I want you to think about what that all means in light of eternity and the hope we have in our salvation which lasts long after all these things fade away.

So as you read this week, try not to be discouraged. If anything, take encouragement and wisdom from these words:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” -Ecclesiastes 1:11

There is a time for the temporary things, and God has given you value and purpose and meaning here on earth; don’t ever doubt that. But God has also given us hearts which long for an eternal home, so when we despair over the things of this earth which will pass away in the blink of an eye, we will have a hope for a future which lasts beyond all of that.