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In March of 2020, Mike Sexson froze to death searching for treasure near Dinosaur National Monument. He was the fifth person to die searching for a million-dollar treasure hidden in the Rocky Mountains by Forrest Fenn. Another person found the treasure later that year.* It seems tragic that one person found treasure and others failed and a few died.
Fortunately, this is not true for the search for life’s meaning. Oh, many fail. But many have found it. Anyone who knows where to look can find it.
This week, we’ve looked at Solomon’s search for the meaning of life in the book of Ecclesiastes. Although we didn’t look at everything Solomon tried in his search, we did discover he rejected pleasure, education and knowledge, as well as accomplishment and career as ultimately meaningless pursuits. He gives us his conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (NIV)
Solomon’s wisdom is that the meaning of life is found in a right relationship with God. To respect and obey God is the path to satisfaction and purpose, for we are accountable to him. Take a moment today to acknowledge the one who created you!
*”One chest of gold, five deaths: The search for Forrest Fenn’s treasure,” CBS News, December 25, 2021, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/forrest-fenn-treasure-five-deaths-48-hours/.
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