6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:
6:5 Moreover he has not seen the sun, nor known anything: this has more rest than the other. 6:6 Yea, though he lives a thousand years twice told, yet has he seen no good: do not all go to one place? 6:7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. (Ecclesiastes 6:1/6:5-7 KJV)
In my blogs I attempt to teach as well as show what was in the past as it is compared to today. There is not much difference between today and yesterday except how it was expressed. A statement can mean two or more things because of the way it is said, body language, and worldly perceptions at the time.
Ecclesiastes is a collection of teachings and is filled with metaphors. In verse one, when it is said ‘under the sun’ it is referring to this sphere of life whereby above the sun is Heavenly. God is above the sun and mankind is below it.
Mankind is always looking below the sun for everything, never looking toward Heaven, asking God’s help. Because looking above the sun is never done, nothing on earth is satisfying and never will be. Once God is included into the picture, all things are possible through God.
A person who bails out their life as a hardworking, faithfully married family person, and have all the fine trappings of that successful person, have a delusional existence. That person have the money and energy to do it all but ends up depressed, disillusioned, and close to despair. Verse seven says it all.
Verse six says a lot also. No matter how long you live there is only one outcome. Living a long, fruitful life (the next word is in the beginning of Ecclesiastes) is ‘meaningless’. That was said because no matter how long you live and no matter how much you have gained, you die. However, none of this mean a thing because your soul lives on and what happens above the sun matters most.
Why does it matter to have billions of dollars (or more?) when you can not take it with you? What can you tell God, who is above the sun, that you did with your wealth? What other transgressions will you have to answer for above the sun? You may get greedy and acquire much below the sun but it mean nothing above the sun.
It is believed Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes (or at least it was written about him) and he had everything and still he was not satisfied because he did not feel fulfilled, he was depressed, he was not looking above the sun. When he started bringing God back into his life (looking above the sun), his life began to get better. By this time he was into old age and time was short, too short.
We, as a people, must look above the sun, bring God into our lives and we will prosper more, and the depression will ease if not wiped away completely. Get over the sun and be fulfilled.
One comment on “Under the Sun”
This article is a great reminder to look beyond the material things in life and seek fulfilment from a higher power. It is easy to get caught up in the pursuit of wealth and success, but ultimately, these things are meaningless without spiritual fulfilment.
– Stephen Wilk