The book of Ecclesiastes is not void of any beneficial advice to young people:
“Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 NKJV)
But even that advice is given from the perspective of someone who recounts youth as a potential disaster for one’s outlook on life:
“Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 11:10 NKJV)
Ecclesiastes is the book to read when one reaches that “frustrating” time in his or her life. This frustrating time doesn’t necessarily have to be any sort of “mid-life crisis”. Times (experiences) have a tendency to come and go throughout our life (remember Ecclesiastes 3:1-8?).
Frustrated with work? Frustrated with the behavior of evil getting away with its deeds? Frustrated with the thought of the immature inheriting what you have worked hard for? Frustrated with the arrogance of others? Frustrated with the unfairness of life in general? Frustrated with politicians? Frustrated with your health? Ecclesiastes has advice for it all!
Humanity has not changed since the day we walked out of the garden, since the day we walked off of the ark, since the day we walked through the wilderness land heading toward Canaan … or since the day one wise man decided to record his experiences as he walked in and through the frustrations of life.
When you’re frustrated with life listen to the advice given in Ecclesiastes, and don’t let the frustrations keep you from remembering the conclusion that will keep us on the right track.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV)