This week Pastor Pira Tritasavit preached the Word: This passage in Ecclesiastes confronts us with some pretty hard-hitting questions. Why work if we are just going to end up as dust? What does the worker gain from his toil?
The author of Ecclesiastes comes from a pretty cynical viewpoint but there are snatches of hope that will come to fulfillment in Christ. In the midst of the meaningless there is beauty (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and there is celebration. And for us as Christ followers we can eat, drink and be merry because of our eternal hope.
Without Christ, there is the bleak outlook of injustice and meaninglessness in life and death (v.16-20). The questions the author poses in v. 21 and 22 "Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?" and "Who can bring him to see what will be after him?" cannot be answered by any human being, but can be answered in the God-man, Jesus Christ. The resurrection promises that the spirit of man in Christ will endure and rise and we are assured of what will be in eternity!
And so for our time on this earth, we can find meaning in our life and work by holding on to this eternal perspective.