Meaning of Life

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

So, fear God. Stand in awe of him. Stand in awe of what he is doing even when you cannot understand it. And realize how small you are, if all the nations are like a piece of dust on a scale. God is working towards something beautiful in human history and you and I are a very small part of that. And our role is to rejoice in what God is doing and focus on his significance and not our own. As Paul writes in Romans 11, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Introduction to Ecclesiastes

What Ecclesiastes says in this passage about the vanity of life is true, but it is not the whole story. It is part of the Old Testament witness that prepares the way for Jesus by impressing upon us that a life that ends in death is ultimately futile and meaningless. The only answer to that dilemma is a life that does not end in death – a life that is eternal. And that is why Jesus came and that is why the other side of the truth that Ecclesiastes focuses on is that it is possible to escape the meaninglessness of life under the sun by a life that lasts forever.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra