For Reading: Ecclesiastes 2:17-26
MEMORY VERSE: “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:1, 2). KJV.
The subject matter of the book of Ecclesiastes is ‘vanity’ or emptiness. Solomon addresses every aspect of achievements and happiness in this world which is devoid of God’s direction as vanity and useless.
In the book, he gave his profile as a preacher. The meaning of the book itself is derived from the word ‘ecclesia’ which means an assembly of people. In the Latin language, Ecclesiastes means ‘speaker before an assembly.’
As I read through this scripture and trying to appreciate the mood, and the diction of Solomon’s discourse, the first question that comes into my mind is that ‘if Solomon were to be a preacher in our contemporary Christendom, what would have been the size of his congregation?’
The reason for such a question is because his message in the book of Ecclesiastes is too unpopular in our days as many preachers are reluctant to tell the truth about the salvation of Christ to their congregations. They rather turn to ‘prosperity messages’ as the ultimate focus in Christianity.
Solomon refers to all sort of human accomplishments as labor. One dictionary defines this word as a piece of difficult work that is done for a long time. Indeed, doing hard work is good but it is high time you understood that God desires you to labor for the advancement of His kingdom.
As you do that alongside laboring for your daily bread in this world, He would be quick to endorse your work and accord you the necessary blessings that can affect your soul. - VAD
Do I labor so much in the Lord’s vineyard?
Lord, give me the grace to labor in your vineyard and for the advancement of your kingdom.
It is an honor to be part of the people who labor in the kingdom of God.