Ecclesiastes 2:10-11; Ecclesiastes 2:17; Ecclesiastes 2:24-26
Anything I wanted, I got. I did not deny myself any pleasure. I was proud of everything I had worked for, and all this was my reward.
Then I thought about all that I had done and how hard I had worked doing it, and I realized that it didn't mean a thing. It was like chasing the wind - of no use at all.
So life came to mean nothing to me, because everything in it had brought me nothing but trouble. It had all been useless; I had been chasing the wind.
The best thing we can do is eat and drink and enjoy what we have earned. And yet, I realized that even this comes from God.
How else could you have anything to eat or enjoy yourself at all?
God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness to those who please him, but he makes sinners work, earning and saving, so that what they get can be given to those who please him. It is all useless. It is like chasing the wind.