Sunday, February 18, 2007

Everything is Meaningless

We've been studying the book of Ecclesiastes in church for the past few weeks and today was the final sermon. It's been several years since we last studied it. It's such a good book and it's truth smacks you in the face with what is really important in life. Something we regularly need to be reminded of.
If you're not familiar with it, the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, considers what in life is meaningful and worthwhile, based on his own pursuits and observations. He considers education, pleasures, folly, work, achievement, advancement, and riches. He comes to the conclusion that the pursuit of these things, in and of themselves, is meaningless (vanity).

It seems that we spend so much time in life pursuing these things, like they really matter, only to realize that when we have them, they never really satisfied our deepest desires. Then, we perpetually want more and it becomes a vicious cycle.

What then is meaningful in life? The writer concludes:

"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.
For God will bring every deed into judgement,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil." (Eccl. 12:13-14)

This book was a good reminder that we need to be living every aspect of our lives for the glory of God, through faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing else truly matters. Brain cancer has helped put that into focus.

We struggle with this at times but take comfort to know that the Lord guides and helps us along the way. Praise Him for His goodness.


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