“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten” - Marie Antoinette
We now enter one of my favorite books, Ecclesiastes! The main idea of the book is: all is vanity except a life lived for God.
There are two major words, that appear early on in the book, and are key to understanding the plight of man without God. These two terms are what we get for a life lived “under the sun” (a life lived according to this World’s system... doing what this fallen world says will make us feel contentment and happiness)... these two terms are: vanity and vexation.
Vanity is emptiness, worthlessness, no value. It is the man who spends his entire life collecting bubbles only to find in the end he has a bag full of worthless slime!
Vexation is frustration, exasperation, no peace. It is the person who works and works and works to go the wrong way on the escalator, but the harder he works the less ground he covers.
Many Christians are frustrated and empty because they are trying to find happiness and contentment in this world’s system... and they never will... Jesus said, “blessed are the poor in spirit... blessed are they that mourn... blessed are the meek... etc.”. True happiness is found in a life submitted to God’s design and authority for our life.
It is tragic to me, when I see a Christian pursuing worldly ambitions for fulfillment instead of Christ. Far too many believers think a new house, car, or toy will bring them happiness. Some think better health will give them happiness, while others think popularity or friendship will do it. You can have all these things and more, and still be miserable. How do I know, because Solomon did have it all, and came to the conclusion it was all worthless and vain?
Where is your heart? What do you want most in life? If you could have anything right now, what would it be? This revealing exercise shows us what we truly treasure in life, and what is most important.
Purpose today to put the Lord first. Take the advice of Solomon and realize that the fear of the Lord is really the only thing that will bring REAL joy.
Daily Scripture Reading
Ecclesiastes 1 - 4
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”