“To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools” (v1). As he analyzed human life, the Preacher realized that he had more questions than answers. He learned that humility was the best way to approach God, who knows all things (v1). Recognizing our limited perspective, we shouldn’t try to pontificate before God or others: “Let your words be few” (v2). We have no reason to boast, since whatever we achieve, we can’t take it beyond death (v15).
“This is the gift of God” (v19). All of life comes from God, and a spirit of humble gratitude allows us to enjoy the simple gifts of food and drink, work and friendships.