I thought that I would cover the end of the matter from two points of view; first from Solomon’s and then from the view of a Christian. Since this is fairly obvious, I hope that you’ll read the passage, and then come back for a few reflections on it.
As I think about what the Teacher has taught us in Ecclesiastes, it occurs to me that the great majority of Americans today are too young to remember the day that President Kennedy was killed; but I remember it vividly. Most of us are too young to remember when Dr. King told us of his dream; but I was transfixed by it. Most of us are too young to have known a time when parents would have their children walk a mile or more to school every day in safety, but from the 1st grade forward I walked more than a mile down a busy city street to school, along with all of the other kids, and nobody had cause to worry. Likewise, I would imagine that most Englishmen alive today are too young to remember when their Queen was young.
All of us who have these memories can tell the young that in the blink of an eye, your youth will be gone, as will we be.
Enjoy your brief youth; make good use of your time while you can. You are free to do what you desire; who knows? Perhaps you will live in a palace one day! But remember this: Naked you came into this world, and naked you will leave it. All of the wealth you manage to acquire will mean nothing in the end. All of your fun and thrills will get you nowhere, for in the end you, like the rest of us will become old and die. And then…?
Enjoy this life as best you can, but remember God and keep His commands, for this life only lasts so long, and you have a date with destiny.
Essentially, this is Solomon’s point in this whole book. Yet as wise as this is, much has changed since his time, so when we get back together, I’d like to discuss what those changes mean for us.