Solomon’s thoughts give us some insight on why we should enjoy those closest to us, here Solomon blasts the one who chooses not to have anyone close to him, in other words, the greedy miser who wants to hoard everything to themselves:
Ecc 4:7 Then I looked again at vanity under the sun.
Ecc 4:8 There was a certain man without a dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, “And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?” This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.
That’s a great question Solomon is asking here. What is the point of living on an island unto yourself and sacrificing our time to work day and night when no one else is going to benefit from it? The man of solitude has no one to pass his assets onto, no siblings and no kids, so Solomon asks, what is the point?! Indeed, a frustrating situation because we can’t take any of that money, wealth and assets with us when we die!
Something to ponder on this week ahead, let’s make sure we spend our time in fellowship with our family and friends, and not be like the man of solitude that Solomon portrays today.