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Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 7

I’m fairly certain we don’t have to think too hard to understand just exactly how easily and quickly things can take a downhill turn. What starts out as fun often turns out to be tragic. Solomon is correct when he says that these things – behaving foolishly and indulging in wine – are absolutely futile. They are time-wasters because they normally add nothing to our lives.

Continue Reading January 27, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 6

By the way, there is nothing wrong with having a nice home and making a decent living. But the reality is that a person can only have and spend so much money in one lifetime and one lifetime is all we get. Actor Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang), reportedly earns $1 million dollars per episode and is worth approximately $40 million today because of it. That amount of course grows with each new episode of The Big Bang he films. Let’s recall that he earns this money for being an actor.

Continue Reading January 27, 2016 at 9:06 AM 1 comment

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 4

Are you one of those people who is actually satisfied with life, with what God has given you, or do you constantly yearn for more? If you’re struggling financially, I can certainly understand why you would want a better job to provide for yourself or your family. Do you think God is aware of your need? I’m sure He is and maybe He’s waiting for you to simply accept what you have and let Him guide you to that next phase as He sees fit. Maybe there are things you can get rid of in your life now, which will free up some of your money so that things are not as tight.

Continue Reading January 26, 2016 at 3:08 PM 2 comments

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 3

Solomon almost seems desperate to make us aware of this fact. Again, he has set out to prove his thesis that all is vanity. He is, in these three verses, helping us understand that the basic needs do not change from one generation to another. While the way things are done might change, the fact that they continue to be done proves his statement that life is completely cyclical in nature. What should this tell us about life in general and the way people should react to it or enjoy it?

Continue Reading January 26, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 2

It seems that people (represented by “the eye”) ignore this “monotony” by constantly striving for something more. Solomon is starting to point out how unsettled people are in general. He seems to think that we are unsettled because we are unable or unwilling to reconcile ourselves with the ebb and flow of life that God has given us. We are never happy with what God has given us to enjoy. That is seen with Adam and Eve who, though living in a perfect environment, still longed for the “grass” on the other side of the fence. Imagine if Adam and Eve had simply been content with their “lot in life.” Imagine how different things would be for us today, now.

Continue Reading January 26, 2016 at 8:26 AM

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 1

After his brief introduction with verse 1, Solomon gets right to the heart of the matter and does so with vehemence. He wants people (including you and me) to understand that his overarching view of life is that all is futile. While this might make people think that Solomon is completely depressed or at least bereft of any positive view of life, as we continue through the book we realize that this is only true in one sense. It seems clear that Solomon has chosen his open words very carefully. He seeks your attention and craves your indulgence. This is a man who is desperate to teach the truths he has learned. Are you willing to listen?

Continue Reading January 26, 2016 at 7:03 AM 3 comments

All is Vanity Because All is Utter Futility

One day, all will stand before God. Only those who love God (and who have received the only salvation He offers) will be pass the judgment. Even then, loss will occur (though not loss of salvation; 1 Corinthians 3:12). Those who love self more than God will realize that they wasted their entire earthly lives struggling to gain what they were never able to reach. In the process, they will have lived their life totally dedicated not to loving or fearing God, but loving themselves and fearing never finding fulfillment in the things they chased after.

Continue Reading December 23, 2015 at 8:02 AM 2 comments

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