Life-Purpose Without God Doesn’t Make Sense

God has a perfect plan for your life. By ignoring it, or try without Him, you might miss the target.

Solomon may be considered the wisest of men, but he undoubtedly learned much through trial and error … mostly error. His last recorded writing, Ecclesiastes, is Solomon’s autobiography. In it he documents his continual efforts to find satisfaction – efforts that brought no fulfillment, only futility. By reading Ecclesiastes, you can learn what to eliminate in life. What can look like the proverbial “pot of gold” is merely a chasing after the wind … in the end, that pot is empty.

Ecclesiastes shows that without God all human pursuit and pleasure are meaningless. It shows that the fullness of God’s perfect plan is the ultimate above the emptiness of everything “under the sun.” “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Ecclesiastes shows that without God in your life:

  • Human wisdom is worthless (Ecclesiastes 1:7)
  • All pleasures are empty (Ecclesiastes 2:1)
  • Life itself is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 3:18-19)
  • Work and achievement are pointless (Ecclesiastes 4:4)
  • Religious rituals are pointless (Ecclesiastes 5:1)
  • Great wealth amounts to dissatisfaction (Ecclesiastes 6:2)

The conclusions of Ecclesiastes are:

  • Reputation is not remembered (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
  • Fear of and reverence for God make life better (Ecclesiastes 8:13)
  • Life without God is uncertain (Ecclesiastes 9:1)
  • Life without God seems unfair (Ecclesiastes 10:7)
  • Seek God when you are young (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
  • A purpose of life is to revere God (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14)