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Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1: 2

I read an article through Bible Gateway ( about favorite Bible verses of atheists. Ecclesiastes was an odds-on-favorite choice. So, I am taking a fresh look at the book. The following is a conclusion after examining Chapter 1.

These are the main points that stood out to me from Chapter 1.

1. Trying to find meaning for this life is a heavy burden for humans. Even our wisdom is meaningless and limited.

Verse 13b – “What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!”

2. What one generation learns is forgotten or ignored by another and the next generation begins again to answer some of the same questions.

Verse 9 – “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Verse 11 – “No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.”

Verse 18 – “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.”

Conclusion: Instead of seeking God’s will, let God’s will find us. Trying to figure out why this happens and that happens is meaningless. Allowing God to direct the steps and learn what he wishes to share is liberty. The meaning behind it is in God’s hands and if we live life with Him and not against Him, we share favorably in that purpose and we do what we are made to do.

A. Make lighter the heavy burden:

In Ecclesiastes 1:13b, Solomon declares, “What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!”

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus replies, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

B. Live life with God

Psalm 37:23, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;”

Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

C. Know freedom

John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8: 36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

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Douglas Knight

I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at

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