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Why did Solomon, the wisest man in the whole world, say that life is completely meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:2)? Why did God even allow that to be in the Bible?


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The reason Solomon considered life to be so meaningless is that he tried everything the world had to offer and found it all to be quite meaningless.Read Ecclesiastes 1 and 2 (it’ll take about five to 10 minutes). Then consider everything that Solomon tried. If you want some more details, check out 1 Kings 9 and 10.

Solomon lived life the way others only dream of living it. He had money, influence, power, and intelligence. He had it “all,” and he did it “all.”But 1 Kings 11 provides a pivotal insight. Solomon lost his grip on God. The Bible says that his wives led him astray. This isn’t a put-down on women. It just demonstrates that even people who seem to have advantages can lose what’s most important, in spite of those advantages.It’s sort of like the superstar athlete who starts to use drugs for an even greater thrill—or because he or she feels superior to the negative effects of drugs, or because life has simply become too meaningless. Actually, it’s not uncommon for some of these superstars to eventually find meaning in Christ (consider football notables Deion Sanders and Lawrence Phillips, to name just two).From Solomon’s viewpoint, money and wisdom weren’t what give true meaning to life. So if you lack money or smarts, relax!

What Solomon ultimately thought was important is what he put in the last verses of Ecclesiastes: “Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14).You also asked why God allowed this to be in the Bible. Your question reminds me of part of a letter Paul wrote to Timothy. It said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16).The Bible records lots of “negative examples” from which we can learn what not to do as well as what to do. And if we mess up, we can see that others have already done the same thing and found forgiveness.

This is just another reason it’s beneficial to read Scripture for yourself—to find out how God has worked with people in the past. And by learning from their good and bad decisions, you’ll be equipping yourself to make better decisions.

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