In Ecclesiastes, we see Solomon searching for life’s meaning and experimenting with pleasure. He then makes his observations of life and comes to the conclusion and our purpose for keeping the Feast. He states his conclusion in the last two verses of the book: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). God wants us to be fulfilled and satisfied, as He is the one who owns everything. God is love. He is the great Creator. He is the one who is always thinking outwardly. This is what we, too, will be doing for all eternity. So, at the Feast of Tabernacles, we should take care not to just focus on the fun and food but to heed to the message of Ecclesiastes which shows the futility and emptiness of material pleasure as an end in itself. Take time to learn the spiritual values that bring eternal satisfaction. This is the important lesson of the book of Ecclesiastes and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Active in the ministry of Jesus Christ for more than five decades, Victor Kubik is a long-time pastor and Christian writer. Together with his wife, Beverly, he has served in pastoral and administrative roles in churches and regions in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. He regularly contributes to Church publications and does a weekly podcast. He and his wife have also run a philanthropic mission since 1999.
He was named president of the United Church of God in May 2013 by the Church’s 12-man Council of Elders, and served in that role for nine years.