Ecclesiastes 3: 1-22 Solomon is looking for an answer, “What profit is there to life?” If life is to have any lasting meaning, it must have a purpose. If we leave God out of our lives, we have also left out ETERNITY and all we have left is TIME.
Time, that’s the stuff of which this life is made. Time is like a coin you can spend. But you only have one chance to spend it and once it is gone, you will never get it back again. It is gone forever. We all receive the same amount of time every day. Each of us receives 24 hours in a day, but it is what we do with them that will make a difference in our lives.
Solomon lists 28 ordinary occurrences of daily living. These are things we do every day. We have no control over some of these but many others are things for which we choose to trade some of our time, which we have been given today.
These are daily activities for which we are exchanging our time. We trade some of our lives to do each of these things. We manage to stay very busy but the question still remains, “What does it profit? What did you gain?” Ecclesiastes 3:9
When Solomon stops to consider all of this endless activity, he comes to five basic conclusions.
Solomon realizes in this life there are so many injustices. Even people we think are good, sometimes do terrible things and people who are in authority and should be protecting us are sometimes the very people who hurt us. Solomon asks, “If there is a God, why does He allow this?” The answer is, so we can see what we are like without God in our lives. A man without God is like a naked ape! Ecclesiastes 3:16 Psalm 49:20 and 73:22.
Men without God live like animals. And just like the animals die, so one day man will also die. And if there is no God, then death ends it all. But wait a minute! Solomon in his wisdom has some rare insight into the subject of death. The spirit of men goes upward toward God when they die but the spirit of beasts goes down to the earth. Ecclesiastes 3:21 So men don’t die like animals after all. Just like mankind is the only one in the animal world who stands upright, so mankind is the only one who will have to stand up before God in judgment. One day we will die and will face God to give an account of the way we have spent our time. Ecclesiastes 3:17.
We may choose to live like animals in this life but one day all of us will have to give an answer to God, “What did your life profit? Did you gain anything?” Only the person who is wise enough to ask God for wisdom will make a profit from their life.