Verse 1 – There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men;
Verse 2 – a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction.
A person can have all the wealth in the world and not enjoy it. God has the power to give enjoyment as much as the power to give blessings.
Verse 3 – If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he –
Verse 4 – for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.
Verse 5 – Though it has not seen the sun or known anything, this has more rest than that man,
Verse 6 – even if he lives a thousand years twice over – but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place?
Solomon was saying it was futile to work hard all your life and not enjoy the goodness of God. People will work hours to accumulate wealth or keep their bodies in good physical shape, but how much time is spent on the spirit? The body ends up in the same place – the grave, but the spirit lives on.
Verse 7 – All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied.
Verse 8 – For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man have, who knows how to walk before the living?
Verse 9 – Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
Both the rich and the poor labor for the necessities of life. One may work harder than the other but both have desires they don’t have, yet.
Verse 10 – Whatever one is, he has been named already, for it is known that he is man; and he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he.
Our understanding of life and God is limited. Therefore, the truly wise will give attention to the fact of where they are going to spend eternity. People may not believe in either heaven or hell, but that doesn’t make it not so. Life may not be all sunshine and lollipops, but it’s better with Christ than without.
Verse 11 – Since there are many things that increase vanity, how is man the better?
Verse 12 – For who knows what is good for man in life all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?
Solomon says that we cannot know the future, only in one area can we know for sure, where we go after our bodies die. Our destiny is designed by God All Mighty, because He says in Jeremiah 29:11, that He gives us a future and hope. His thoughts toward us are of peace not of evil.
The only hope we have to make it through this life and into the next, is in and through Jesus Christ.
Please don’t ever think that because your circumstances are extreme that God doesn’t love you, because He does. He may take the thing that hurt you the most and use it to bless you the biggest. If you love Him, He will turn it around all for your good!