Don’t Forget the Message of Ecclesiastes
9 In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.
11 The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. 12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
The author of Ecclesiastes has his world view shaped by the truths of Genesis 1-3; creation and life as a GIFT (Genesis 1-2) and the fall and living life as GAIN (Genesis 3). This is reflected in his vanity themes and corresponding call to enjoy life with good meals, meaningful work, and healthy relationships. All of this is a call to fear God and keep His commands. We do this by faith in Jesus Christ who fulfilled these obligations for us and longs to do them through us.