7 All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
8 All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.
(Ecclesiastes 1:7-8, New King James Version)
I suppose that one of the reasons I have always enjoyed Ecclesiastes is its philosophical nature. I always tend to look at the bigger picture rather than get swallowed up in the details. I think that is exactly what we have in our reading today from Ecclesiastes 1.
The sea is not full, the eye is not satisfied, and the ear is not filled. I call this the hum drum of life. Does it often seem to you that you do the same things day after day, week after week, and year after year, until life just seems to be a monotonous repetition?
As the cycles of life continue in their constant repetition, where is the meaning of life? One of the most difficult things about the Christian life is living the day to day life. We all seem to do all right at the peaks and valleys--it is the level ground that causes us difficulty.
King Solomon has done a good job of expressing the sameness of life. As he will ask, so must we ask, "Is this all there is to life?" One way or another, every person alive must come face to face with this question, and it is the answer to this question that will drive us to the Lord or away from the Lord.
I encourage you, today, to look to the Lord. He has given purpose and meaning to a life that seems to live in a barren wasteland. Do not get caught up in the daily hum drum of life; God has so much more for us in these few years He has given to us on this earth.
God Bless You,