Looking in all the Wrong Places

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes is an excellent read for a Post Modern world. Soul searching questions such as, “Why are we here?” and “What is important in life?” permeate this piece of wisdom literature. Ecclesiastes reads like a primer in philosophy and religion as we join King Solomon on his personal spiritual journey. From the opening chapter, the futility of life is revealed in the axiom “All is vanity (a vapor, meaningless).” Every possible means of finding pleasure and personal significance in life is tried by Solomon but nothing comes even close to satisfying his deepest need. The last verse in the book summarizes what Solomon has learned from his experiences and where the search for significance must begin and end. “The end of the matter, all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandment, for this is the whole duty of man.” As Augustine would say, centuries later, “My heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.”

True meaning and purpose will always escape us until we look for it in the right place!