Ecclesiastes is one of the most puzzling and provocative books in the entire Bible. In a dour sort of way, it deals with a key issue of human existence—namely, the meaning of life and all the questions surrounding that issue:
- “Who am I, and why am I here?”
- “What can I do with my life that will make it worthwhile?”
- “What’s the ‘big picture’ of this world, and how do I fit into it?”
Life and all it contains appear to be meaningless vapors—here today and gone tomorrow. What, then, do our transitory lives mean? And if there is no Big Story at all, what is the point of all our little stories? Ecclesiastes offers an answer that is rather surprising: Live now. Live forever. Amidst all the bad news of this world, there is good news in the end.