The book of Ecclesiastes talks repeatedly about vanity – meaninglessness. So much that is pursued in this life is empty, meaningless.
It is widely thought that Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon. Solomon had great wealth, but he new that wealth is empty when it comes to finding real meaning. Solomon built great buildings and did great works, but these too were vanity, meaningless. Solomon had great power and authority, but these too were vanity, a chasing after the wind.
There is something else the Bible says about Solomon in 1 Kings 4:29
Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.
Someone with that kind of wisdom, discernment, and breadth of mind is worth listening to. What advice does this man have to offer? In the concluding chapter of Ecclesiastes Solomon speaks the word of wise advice that will lead to meaning in an otherwise meaningless world that is winding down in meaningless entropy.
Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”—
before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
when people are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags itself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.
Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Remember. Remember him.
You were created, and you were created for a purpose. God created you for relationship with him. There is no greater purpose than to know God and live you life connected to him.
Great words of advice. Remember your creator. Remember him.