STOP RACING RATS!
3 If a man has a hundred children and lives many years, so that the years of his age are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life’s enjoyable things, nor is he properly buried, I conclude that a stillborn child would be better off than he. 4 Because it comes into this temporary world and goes out in darkness, and its name is covered by darkness. 5 Furthermore, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet it finds rest sooner than he does. 6 –even if he could have lived a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy no enjoyable thing. Does not everyone go to that one place?
that one place
The one place where everyone goes is Sheol – Hades – the grave. It does not matter how long you live, or how much you do, or who you leave behind. It is an appointment we all will keep. A person who accomplishes much but never considers that reality is a worse failure that a stillborn infant. The world is full of such people today. They are deeply engaged in the rat race, never stopping to think of that one place. Solomon had the wisdom to re-evaluate his life, and he urges us all to do so.
LORD, show us how to stop the race long enough to focus on your gospel.