So, I read that and think, "YES! There was, in fact, depression, even before preservatives and food dyes were added to my breads and fruit snacks, and before hormones were added to my milk!" :)
I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
15 What is crooked cannot be straightened;
what is lacking cannot be counted.
16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.
Okay, so how does Ecclesiastes end? Certainly the God of hope would not put a depressing book in the Bible just to get us all discouraged. My personal take is that God wanted a book in the Bible that admits the things He knows some of us will struggle with, so we can know what to do with it. Here's how Solomon wraps up Ecclesiastes...
HEAVEN BOUND! Do it all as if you are doing it for the Lord. Keep plugging away. Don't stay stuck in the "EVERYTHING is utterly and convincingly meaningless" rut. For every lie that hits your sweet little head, there is a truth from God to counteract that lie. The thought that everything is meaningless is true, if you have a life apart from God. WITH GOD; however, there is no truth in that. There is purpose in everything you do. You are put here on earth for such a time as this! Keep on keeping on. This is only a message of comfort if you are truly persevering and feeling pulled down fast. Seek God for comfort, for your purpose, for the truth that counteracts the lies Satan has thrown your way. There is hope. This is not all that there is. Your reward may be here, or it may be in Heaven, but rest assured the things you do for the Lord are never done in vain!!! Amen?
"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."
If this topic is hitting a little too close to home, you might be interested in checking out one of my other posts on what I do to combat depression. To do that you can go here.