Life is complex. Our reading for today is Ecclesiastes 5 through the Song of Solomon 6.
If you have read Ecclesiastes, and think you have the problem of life solved, then let me say this as kindly as possible – That is the thought of a fool.
Solomon, the wisest of men who ever walked on earth never solved the problem of life, and its troubles. I know that I cannot; and I am not going to spend a lot of time with this book trying to explain what Solomon means when he tells us “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity”. I know vanity means “vapor”, or “breath”, and comes down to meaning, “Meaningless”. You would not think that you would hear that coming from the mouth of a wise man, but it does.
Let me give you a word of warning. Do not build a doctrine or belief from this book. It raises far more questions than it substantiates; with the exception of its conclusion.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (KJV)
The answers to life’s troubles, and questions are for you to find on your own, but let me give you a heads up. For me and all who have eternal life, life begins with God. You came from the mind and heart of God. We are here to glorify God, to be His lightbearer in a dark world. Our purpose is to love God and enjoy Him forever.
You will find the answers to these questions when you believe God, believe and trust His word and work through Christ Jesus death, burial and bodily resurrection; and submit to Him, and walk with/in Him. Walking with and in God makes the problems of life more sensible, and bearable.
If there is one thing that the Bible declares to the follower of Christ and to any who will read it it is that God loves the world. However, we also will find within the pages much of the fact that God is holy and righteous and will not overlook our sin.
Now let’s take a look at the Song of Songs [Solomon].
To be perfectly honest with you I enjoy reading the Song of Solomon. It is a great love story; God’s love for His people, and when she is right with Him, her love for Him.
Here is how the young Shulamite woman feels for her groom –
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Solomon 2:4 (KJV)
She has been taken to what she calls “the banqueting house” and all she senses is his love for her. If you will notice in reading the Song, all the words she has for her groom is love and admiration. She adores him; and that should be what the Bride of Christ feels for Him as well. After all He purchased us with His own blood; redeeming us from our sin and condemnation. Should we not be loving, admiring, and adoring Him; even worshiping Him always.
One can learn much from reading the Song about how a man should love, and adore their wives. There are several times it mentions too, about waiting for “love”; most likely referring to the sexual relationship. Waiting for the time when there is a lifelong commitment to one another through marriage (8:4). Marriage is about our commitment to Christ (Ephesians 5:25-32).
The greatest love ever known or shown is the love God put on display at the cross of His Son Jesus. Through the death of Jesus Christ and His burial, and resurrection all who call on His name will receive eternal life in the presence of Holy God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.