I have a feeling I’m going to really love preaching through the book of Ecclesiastes.
On Sunday, I preached from Ecclesiastes 1:1 – 11 and looked at how we often separate God from our search for meaning and hope. Many times when we make New Years Resolutions or set goals, we simply ask, “What will make me happy?” and then make that our goal. The problem with this way of thinking is that very few of us know what will make us happy.
Think for a minute of a time when you had to make a choice. You knew what would make you happy. Of the 2 choices, you knew the one that would make you happy. So, if you are like most people, you did that. Only to find out that your decision made you miserable. Ever happen to you? It’s happened to me more than I care to admit.
We simply do not know as much as we think we do. The writer of Ecclesiastes points this out as a way for us to self-assess ourselves. Once we can admit that we need help in our search for meaning, we are able to then search for meaning in a way that will lead us to the place God wants us to be.
But, we must get out of the way first.
If you missed Sunday, you can listen to it here.
If you are looking for a book as you work through finding meaning with Jesus at the center, check out Andy Stanley’s book The Principle of the Path (kindle version).