Ecclesiastes, Week 5: Certainty
Throughout this series on the book of Ecclesiastes, we have seen the writer wrestle with two tensions. On the one hand, the author reminds us that everything in our lives is ultimately futile and temporary, like vapor. On the other hand, he also tells us that the best thing we can do is simply enjoy our lives as much as we can. These seem like two potentially contradictory truths.
Chapter 9 continues this tension. The author reminds us that as long as we are alive, we have been given a gift. Though we may not ultimately be in control of every outcome in our life, our lives themselves are gifts from God, something to be savored and enjoyed.