Ecclesiastes 6: Don’t Miss What You Have
In Ecclesiastes 6, we are back to the problem of vanity and worthlessness. Today we have strong words for people who aren’t able to enjoy what God has blessed them with. It kind of follows from what we talked about yesterday. God has given us things for us personally to enjoy.
Ecc 6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.
Ecc 6:4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.
This man has a lot of reason to be very happy. He has been blessed with a large family, and he has lived many years. Those are great things, and they are gifts from God. However, this guy doesn’t have his soul filled with good. The translation is a little bit awkward, but after reading the alternate translations for this word, it is more kind of like if his soul is not satisfied with the good in his life. In other words, he doesn’t realize what he has and has not been enjoying it.
Basically, he might as well have not been born. That is certainly a strong charge, but I think the point is well taken. God has blessed us in so many ways. There are good things all around us, and we need to be grateful for them. If we miss out, that leaves us with a pretty empty life. The enjoyment that we could have had simply wasn’t good enough. We were looking somewhere else or simply did not want to enjoy what we had been given for some reason.
I guess the obvious application for all of us is that God is good. However, it is really important for all of us to not be like this man. We don’t want to miss everything good that God has given us. Otherwise, we will have a very tragic life.