Why Nothing Matters and Why Everything Matters

Ivan Mesa | November 13, 2015


For many Ecclesiastes can seem like an off-putting book, full of gloomy prospects and a dour approach to life. “Vanity of vanities, vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Eccl. 1:2; 12:8). It’s hardly the book most would turn to for a pick-me-up.

But Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College and TGC Council member, believes Ecclesiastes offers an important word for us today. In his new book Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes (Focus), Ryken argues that studying Ecclesiastes helps us (1) ask the biggest and hardest questions people have today; (2) worship the one true God; (3) live for God and not only ourselves; and (4) be honest about our troubles. This is truly the stuff of life, and all the more reason to ponder what the ancient Preacher would say to us today.

I corresponded with Ryken about his interest in Ecclesiastes, how it’s served him more as a vitamin than a medicine, why everything matters in life, and more.


In the preface you write, “I have read and studied Ecclesiastes many times during my earthly pilgrimage, and each reading has repaid richly my efforts to understand its mysteries. . . . I hope to return to it again and again for as long as I’m wrestling


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