Poems are very fun. They help us activate our imagination, learn vocabulary, and exercise our memory. There are adults who remember poems they learned as children! Poems also teach us values such as patience, love, and friendship . . . and they make us wiser.
In the Bible there are five books of poetry. Do you remember which ones they are? Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
They are all together in the center of the Bible. In all of them there are values and teachings that are very useful for life.
If you read Ecclesiastes 1:1, you will see who it says is the author of Ecclesiastes. Have you guessed it? No other son of King David could have written with as much wisdom as Solomon. Therefore, Solomon seems to be the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon is the «Preacher» (or «Teacher»), and that is what «Ecclesiastes» means.
Solomon writes this book trying to find the meaning of life, as well as happiness. With his experience, Solomon says in a poetic way that knowing Jesus is the most important thing in life; that it is the wisest thing. He reached that conclusion at the end of his life.
Solomon looked for happiness in many things, but before he died, he realized that the only way is to know Jesus and to live as He wants us to live. Having wealth did not help him to be happy in life, nor having many wives or a lot of wisdom.
What is the final piece of advice that Solomon wrote? Read Ecclesiastes 12:13 and write it in your Prayer Journal.