The deeper one gets into the message of Ecclesiastes, the more you can look around and see this fallen world “living” Ecclesiastes. Toil without contentment. Loneliness and isolation. A creation lost without the salvation of Christ.
The Japanese Labor Bureau ruled today that one of Toyota’s top engineers, age 45, recently died from overwork. He was under “severe pressure” to develop a new hybrid version of the Toyota Camry — averaging more than 80 hours of overtime per month. In 2002, another Toyota employee collapsed and died at work at the age of 30. Was it all worth it?
There is another way. This is not how God intends for us to live the gift of life that we are given. “Thus I realized that the only worthwhile thing there is for them is to enjoy themselves and do what is good in their lifetime; also, that whenever a man does eat and drink and get enjoyment out of all his wealth, it is a gift of God.” (Ecc 3:12-13)