We all have questions about who we are and how we arrived on this planet. I don’t mean in the physical sense. It’s pretty obvious how we “got” here – we know how the birds and the bees work… I mean after we’ve grown up a bit and begin to wrestle with the real questions of life. What does it all mean? Why does evil exist and how did we end up on this planet? Are we alone? Is there meaning? Does anything matter?
Dr. Philip G. Ryken has provided for us a peek into the biblical answer to those questions in his commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes. Why Everything Matters: The Gospel In Ecclesiastes is a fresh look at a book that is often passed over in the Old Testament canon. Written by the wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, Ecclesiastes shows us that even the wisest of us wrestle with the futility of life.
Reckon helps us see that “Ecclesiastes is for people who have their doubts about God, but can’t stop thinking about him.” It helps us understand our need to trust in God even when we don’t have all the answers. There is good news here for all of us.
The author of Ecclesiastes had his doubts, too, and these have enabled him to speak to skeptics as well as believers down through the centuries.Ecclesiastes is a book rich in literary artistry and multi-layered depths of spiritual meaning. Philip G. Ryken explores this wonderful Old Testament book, and reminds us again of the need to trust God with the questions, even when we do not have all the answers.