More Bibles have been bought and sold than any other book ever written.
This is good for within the contents of this book are all of the answers to the questions of life and death, of salvation and loss, of right and wrong, all questions can be answered by the study of God's Word.
There is a poem within the Bible entitled, "A Time For Everything" written by the great king Solomon, the man credited with being the wisest man who has ever lived.
It begins, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
There is much to be learned from the lines of this poem, (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), it is most definitely worth your time to read and contemplate upon for it covers all of the works of man on earth, all of the seasons, not of weather, but of life.
The poem and its surrounding verses teach much of the life of man from his birth to his death and all points, past and yet to come.
We find from our studies that life is full of vanity, of false hopes and disappointments and that the only lasting things come from God, that only God and his holy plan for mankind are permanent, all else is vanity, a chasing after the wind.
"What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with." (Ecclesiastes 3:9-10)
God has placed mankind upon this earth and has given him work to keep him busy and out of trouble in life and God has given man a beautiful place in which to reside, as we look around us at God's creations we should marvel at his greatness and his glory.
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God had done from the beginning to the end." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
God has put the longing for salvation into all people's hearts for without that yearning for something besides what we have from birth, we would die in our unrighteousness never knowing what was available to all who would simply ask.
"Ask, and it will be given you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
God has also given us a knowledge of eternity, a question of enormous proportions that cannot be answered in its entirety here on earth for we are not God and are not to know all that God knows. We are only the clay, he is the potter who molds the clay into useful vessels. Adam and Eve lost their sanctuary in the Garden of Eden because they wanted to "be like God" as promised by the devil in his deception of Eve.
It is no different today, we always want more, but is that God's plan for us.
"I perceive that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil - this is God's gift to man." (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)
Why is man meant to work for his living, that he can appreciate what that God has given him and be happy and joyful in it. People who refuse to do as God intends will find themselves living miserable lives no matter how rich or how poor. Be thankful for what God has given you, not bitter for what you do not have for if you love God and obey his will all good things will be given you.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
"I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him." (Ecclesiastes 3:14)
All else is vanity, a chasing after the wind!