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Friday, March 1, 2013

Vanity of vanities

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:1,2 ESV

The book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon. The wisest man that ever lived. Solomon’s wisdom was a gift from God. “God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king,” 2 Chronicles 1:11 ESV Solomon asked God for wisdom and it was granted to him.
As we read Ecclesiastes we know the wisdom imparted is God given.

In verse two Solomon uses the word vanity several times in describing our pursuits in this life. The word vanity is defined both as pride and worthlessness. It is an interesting word that Solomon chooses to use as he looks at all that man goes after in this life. When we think about it how true that is, we do much out of pride which in the end turns out be worthless when compare it to things that God gives us freely.

If God and His will is not at the core of what we do and what we pursue, all of it is useless. Because, when this life is over if we have not pursued God and His ways we will be lost.

So today, let’s consider our motivation for what we pursue and how we pursue it. Not one of us wants to come to our final day and know we haven’t lived as we should, careful thought of how we live is paramount.

© 2013 Leo J. Woodman