7 All the labor of man is for his mouth,
And yet the soul is not satisfied.
8 For what more has the wise man than the fool?
What does the poor man have,
Who knows how to walk before the living?
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire.
This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
10 Whatever one is, he has been named already,
For it is known that he is man;
And he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he.
11 Since there are many things that increase vanity,
How is man the better?
12 For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?
(Ecclesiastes 6:7-12, New King James Version)
Shadow of Life
In our day we find that most people worship the god of humanism. Because man is the center of the universe, his accomplishments are to be lauded above all other things. Yet, in Ecclesiastes 6, we learn that man exists in the shadow of life.
What does man really know? What does the rich man have that the poor man does not have? In view of all eternity, there is no difference. That is exactly the point that Solomon is making in these verses.
Does man really know what is good for him? Will he find peace and satisfaction in himself? Truly, man does not know what is good for him, and he will never find peace and satisfaction in himself.
In this shadow of life, man has one true purpose. Man is to know Christ, and to make Him known. Whatever we accomplish in this life is futile without the Lord. God has miraculously given His only Son to us, that we might have eternal life with Him. What earthly thing is more important than that?
This life in Christ changes us; instead of seeking after our own wants and desires, we seek to please the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ came to this earth to give us life, and to give it more abundantly.
Let us, this day, move from the shadow of life to the glorious light of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
God Bless You,