And so as we near the end of our study of Hebrews we turn back in time to consider Ecclesiastes, likely the work of Solomon, king of Israel 970 BC. Ecclesiastes is a book of perspective. The narrative of “the Preacher” reveals the depression that inevitably results from seeking happiness in worldly things. This book gives us a chance to see the world through the eyes of a person who, though very wise, is trying to find meaning in temporary things. Most every form of worldly pleasure is explored by the Preacher, and none of it gives him a sense of meaning.
In the end, the Preacher comes to accept that faith in God is the only way to find personal meaning. He decides to accept the fact that life is brief and ultimately worthless without God. The Preacher advises the reader to focus on an eternal God instead of temporary pleasure.