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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Meaningless

April 9

(Ecclesiastes 1:3-9 NIV) "What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? {4} Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. {5} The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. {6} The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. {7} All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. {8} All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. {9} What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."

(Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 NIV) "I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! {14} I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind."

(Ecclesiastes 4:2-4 NIV) "And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. {3} But better than both is he who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun. {4} And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind."

As Solomon grew older and took stock of his life, he realized that he had been chasing after all the wrong things. His pursuit wealth, power, and possessions had been greatly detrimental to his pursuit of God. When he realized this, he became depressed. So much of his life had been squandered. It was like he had been chasing after the wind. Solomon was a very wealthy man. God had given him great wisdom. He had become famous as the wisest and most successful man on Earth. But even though he accumulated great power and enormous wealth, he realized that none of it brought contentment. Tremendous achievement didn’t translate into true happiness. Great wealth didn’t bring a richness of life. In the end, he saw everything he had done as meaningless. What a tragic realization! Don’t go the way of Solomon. Chart a different course in your life. Pursue Jesus. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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