" So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind."- Eccless 2:17
The other day, I pondered my life. What was the purpose of my life? The question brought Solomon's words to my mind: everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Solomon pointed out that without God, life is futile, but God gives meaning. Consider the godless. They accumulate wealth, they work their way up the ladder. They do many works, but for what purpose? Life goes on and on. It reminds me of a story I am reading. It's called Escape from Paradise written by Daniel Ferguson. The main character gets lost and ends up living with the ow mountain people who do the same thing over and over and without meaning or purpose.
There is nothing wrong with accumulating wealth as long as you are rich to God and not self. You can use wealth to advance the kingdom of God, but if you are like the man who has plenty of goods stored up, what advantage is that to you? Jesus said that thieves steal and moth and rust destroy. If your heart is for the kingdom of God, you can make investments that will pay off in the end. However many godless who store up wealth are like that farmer.
Solomon wrote when you spend your life without God (godlessness) it is all meaningless and a chasing after the wind. Some translations calls it grasping the wind or vexation of the spirit. Have you tried to grasp wind? Do you even know what it looks like? Jesus told Nicodemus that you can't see the wind but you can see the effects of the wind. So it is all pointless and that's what living without God is like. What is the point of living if you just go about everyday doing the same thing without God? In chapter 2, Solomon wrote that he accomplished many things but it was all meaningless. Remember, he feel away from God when I married pagan women.
If you are not living for God, then you are living for yourself or whatever is first in your life. Only God can give meaning to life.
As a single woman, it is hard for me to enjoy Song of Solomon. It's a book that celebrates love between two lovers. The bride sings over her lover and he signs over her. It's like having Valentine's Day in your face, but God changed my view on that.
As I showered, a song I heard on my sister's Song 4 Worship CD came to mind.
It was not the song title, but the lyrics that God quickened into my spirit. You see God rejoices over us just as the groom rejoices over his bride. The scripture says that the church is the bride and he is our bridegroom. The prophet Isaiah describes his rejoicing over us this way: "As the bridegroom rejoices over his bride so will God rejoice over you."(Isaiah 62:5)
God. All three of the trinity will rejoice over us because we are His bride. Don't you like that? God sings over us and He delights in us.
We are God's bride. When you read Song of Solomon see that as God's love for us and our love for us. Because of what Jesus did, he overlooks any flaws in us and sees his son just as Solomon saw his bride as perfect. Granted, that the church is not the perfect spotless bride as a whole, but Jesus took our sins and made us blameless in his sight.
Thank you, Jesus for your sacrifice so that I could be the blameless and spotless bride for you!
Now let's rejoice in Him!
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.