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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Itching and Chasing

March 28

(Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 NIV) "I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. {5} I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. {6} I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. {7} I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. {8} I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well--the delights of the heart of man. {9} I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. {10} I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. {11} Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun."

(Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV) "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."

Many today believe education, accomplishment, possessions, fame, and power will bring happiness and meaning to life, but in the end, all these things prove hollow and meaningless. Solomon called it “chasing after the wind.” Success and wealth cannot produce what we really itch for inside, which is contentment. Just ask the host of rock stars, movie stars, and athletic stars who have self destructed after reaching the top. They had it all, but they crashed and burned. None of the things that this world calls us to chase after bring lasting fulfillment. In fact, getting them usually increases our anxiety levels. Stop coveting and craving the high life! Meaning and contentment are found in following Christ. Serving God is the secret to genuine freedom and true joy. Only Jesus can scratch that internal itch. Only He is worth chasing after. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day  

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