Life teaches us that we don’t know what we’re doing and we’re not in charge. Just about the time we think we’ve got it all figured out, it all falls apart. This can throw us into despair, cause us to give up or check out. Cause us to stop living. The teacher in Ecclesiastes brings us to this end by the close of the book. He helps us see that no matter how hard we work at things, all is vanity.
Then the conclusion of the matter is tacked on at the end to help shed some light. “Fear God and keep his commandments” it proclaims, “for God will bring every deed into judgment.” So, everything matters. Even the secret things… the hidden things. Because, nothing is hidden from His sight and our lives have purpose. He has put us here to carry out His purposes.
We are not in control and we don’t fully understand this life under the sun. However, there is one who came from above the sun… who made the sun. He came to give us life to the full. Don’t give up, don’t check out! Everything matters and Jesus will make our lives count. Follow Him!