Ah, King Solomon. Almost you persuade me not to write, to be done with it, to put it on the shelf, out of mind and out of sight. After all, you are one of the wisest men who ever lived. After reading through your book of Ecclesiastes, I begin to wonder. Shouldn’t I take your advice?
“Meaningless! Meaningless!,” you say, “all is vanity.” All things are wearisome. After all, there is nothing new under the sun. Everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Of making books there is no end. How true! If only you could see the proliferation of books today! I’m sure you would throw your hands up in despair. Does the world need another book, my book? Sometimes I wonder. Much dreaming and many words are meaningless, you tell us. The more the words, the less the meaning. It all wearies the body.
When I read the story of your life, then I think I understand. You even admit, you were in despair. Is it any wonder? You had 700 pagan wives! If I had 700 pagan husbands, I most assuredly would be despondent as well! So, you probably had every right to be depressed. If I had been in your situation, I think I would have made a run for the hills and hidden myself in a cave. Your father actually did that, and there it was that he produced some of his most inspired and anointed writings!
I do see glimmers of hope in your writing though, and that is much appreciated, and spurs me on. You remind us there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven, and if we will only trust God, He will make everything beautiful in its time.
You do ask one powerful, rhetorical question: For whom am I toiling? In the margin of my Bible, next to your words, I write my answer in red ink: GOD.
It’s that simple, Solomon. I believe He is the one who placed the flame in my spirit to WRITE. It burns inside of me, and if I don’t release it, I think it will begin to die and turn to ashes. My apologies, Solomon, but the world will be getting another book. I can only trust and pray that it won’t be wearisome and meaningless. However, I will remember your sound advice, “God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”