Have you ever played the game Monopoly ? I remember when I was a little, being asked to play for the first time by a couple of older kids. I was thrilled! I picked out my marker—the racing car! When it was my turn they gave me the dice to roll. I was having the time of my life, rolling those big numbers and zooming around the board. My money dwindled as I landed on the other players’ property, but I didn’t care. You see, I was keeping track, and I knew I was way ahead of them on the board. It was exciting—I kept getting big rolls that propelled me around the board faster than everyone else. But a few more turns and the other players informed me that I was out of the game. It was all over. I was stunned. What happened? I thought I was doing so well! And I lost everything. The problem, of course, was that I was playing the game according to my own rules, instead of the real rules. In the end, what I thought and felt didn’t matter—I lost.
I have often thought that this is an appropriate illustration for how so many live life—living by what they think and feel is right instead of what is truly right. And sadly, the treasure they pursue turns out to be “grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).
The book of Ecclesiastes was written by a man who sought to understand life from his own perspective, seeking for meaning in many different places, living life by his own rules. He discovered that in the end it only brought him emptiness and grief. Read the first two chapters—have you tried to find fulfillment in any of these dead end roads: knowledge, entertainment, pleasure, work, accomplishments, wealth, acclaim ? This Sunday we will look at this book that is a mystery to many, to understand life from a right perspective, leading to true joy and blessing.
~ Pastor Ron