“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher. Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” – Ecclesiastes 1:2.
Not exactly an encouraging scripture. Yet it sums up the whirlwind that is the book of Ecclesiastes.
King Solomon wrote it to chronicle his search for a fulfilling life. As one of the wealthiest, wisest, and most powerful men in history, he was more qualified to answer that question than any other.
He pursued education, pleasure, great accomplishments, career, religion, wealth, philosophy, and philanthropy in his search.
None of it fulfills.
And even if you achieve your goals, death comes far too quickly for the enjoyment to be worth the investment.
It’s easy to dismiss Solomon as jaded, frustrated, or just plain grumpy. If that were true, then why is it that so many of us are on the same journey, and find the same results?
In a world with increasing violence, hatred, and division, our problem isn’t a lack of passion in our pursuit of fulfillment. People are doing crazy things in their attempt to find meaning in life.
Like Solomon we suffer from trying to find fulfillment in something besides a relationship with God.
“What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun?” – Ecclesiastes 1:3
If we poke our head up above the sun, beyond what we can see in the natural, we’ll find something that is worth it. That’s what Paul promised.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be all of you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, inasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58.
I’m so glad that life does have meaning each day because there’s a God out there who loves me and wants to know me better. I’m so thankful that as I live my life to know Jesus better and fall more in love with Him, it has great value.
Have you taken the time today to talk to the Lord about what He wants you to do? Or to learn more about Him? If not, set aside whatever you’re doing, and take a few moments to live above the sun 🙂