What is the purpose of life? The preacher in Ecclesiastes, just like many today, is in search of life’s meaning. But as they look through their limited worldview all they find is “vanity, vanity”. Pure emptiness! They are in search for something which will have eternal value. To find it, we need to look beyond ourselves. This is what the preacher discovers; that man is powerless, yet God has a design and purpose for all things. He is the giver of all life. Ecclesiastes gives teaching on doctrines such as man, salvation and future judgment.
“As Gleason Archer put it, the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes writes ‘to convince men of the uselessness of any world view which does not rise above the horizon of man himself.’” (Page 14)
“‘since the future is hidden even the most senseless actions may turn out well, and equally the most prudent ones may lead to disaster.’19 Knowledge of our ignorance forms the basis for a realistic outlook that depends upon a sovereign, omniscient God.” (Page 187)
“In view of the recurrence of such terms, a better choice for a theme consists of the good which God gives to mankind for enjoyment ‘under the sun.’” (Page 12)
“He ordains each and every event in a person’s life” (Page 61)
“However, all of them do express the inability of mankind to fully understand these realities of life. Such realities produce frustration, puzzlement, and vexation, but they do not make life meaningless.” (Pages 32–33)