Solomon summed up the futility of his quest for meaning in Ecclesiastes 2:24: “There
is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.” On the surface, this is another one of those verses from Ecclesiastes that almost sounds like it shouldn’t be in the Bible. Really? “Nothing better?” It sounds so bleak, even nihilistic. Moreover, a literal translation of the text might read, “There is no good in a person who eats and drinks and enjoys his work.”
Okay. That’s still bleak, but it makes a lot of sense because it is universally true. Humans are incapable of creating anything good on their own. But here’s the ray of hope: Our heavenly Father delights to give us good gifts. As James says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (Jas. 1:17). Without God, there is nothing good. But with God, there is nothing better.
What are some ways you have experienced the goodness of God this week?