So I hated life.
— Ecclesiastes 2:17.
It can be good to hear things like this in the Bible because being sick and tired of life is something that happens to us all. It’s hard to function when you feel like that…
On top of the pain and boredom, there’s also the fact that there is so much injustice and revolt… What was the purpose of all this?
The preacher has seen it all. Even the loneliness that chills and isolates a person. “Woe to him who is alone when he falls!” (Ecclesiastes 4:10). And there’s so little we can do about it, not even for ourselves and our faults. What’s crooked can’t be made straight again.
That’s exactly the way it feels when a person gets old or tired or depressed or maybe is still young but has no goal or desire or maybe just pressured by his own inexorable clear sight that sees through all the humbug in everything.
All this is described in the Bible! It’s there so we will know it’s something God recognizes and cares about. Even those who are tired of life are included in God’s mercy. Their needs and thoughts are inscribed in God’s Book because they’re written in God’s heart.
There are a hundred reasons to be tired of life. There’s just one reason, however—that’s better and more important—to have the strength to get through life cheerfully. That reason is Jesus Christ. Just because there are so many reasons to despair, we’ve received this one tremendous reason to trust, despite everything and in the middle of everything that seems so hopeless.
— This is an excerpt from To Live with Christ by Bo Giertz, currently my favorite devotional book. (“Devotion for the Wednesday after fifteenth Sunday after Trinity,” 598). To Live with Christ is currently on sale for an excellent price.