It is Solomon the preacher of Ecclesiastes who came to the conclusion of what this life is all about and declared it "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity" Eccl 1: 2.
Indeed, when you come to think about this life; you tend to see what Solomon saw and to believe him.
Profit of labour
What do we profit in all our labour seeing that we shall one day we leave all things we have possessed behind; the worst is that we don't know who takes them and what happens to them. this can be very annoying. it can make a man not to labour again to acquire wealth.
Yet poverty is not the best, at poverty, you will still die one day and live this world and all its poverty, sickness and pain. yet you don't know where you are going after death, is it going to be better or worst? This is also confusion and vexation of heart.
Courses of Life
Seeing in this life everything seems to run on course. You see your father and his age mates die one after the other; soon pass away and replaced by you and your age mates as fathers, soon to pass away for your sons.
You see the sun rise and set and rise again since you were born. This is your life experience. You see the wind blow, the day and night, the rivers flowing in and out, you see seasons of sowing and harvesting come and go, they are so in a routine that you are used to them. You don't attach any importance to them.
Emptiness of Heart
You have wisdom, knowledge and understanding to make wealth but you feel empty in your heart.
Even when you are poor or rich; you still face this challenge of emptiness, confusion, no peace, no satisfaction, no hope, no true love; rather fear inside and outside. And you ask yourself; what is wrong?
And Solomon provided the answer in Eccl 12: 13- 14. "Fear God and keep his commandment"
let us read it; as it's written. "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil".
Author: Rev Wilkey Ozor