Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.(3) What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
These verses are sometimes hard for us to really identify with. How could Solomon, the Wisest, the Wealthiest, the most powerful King in History really say these words. How could such a man feel that all of these accomplishments were mere vanity.
If Solomon and all his accomplishments were vanity, then what of our meager contributions to history and mankind. We have worked hard, learned and been educated, we own our own homes and have multiple vehicles in our driveways. Surely that means something. We are living in a time and a culture where even those who are considered in poverty live above the standards of royalty in some countries and some times in History. Surely this means something. Or does it?
What will we have when we die? All our possessions will go to our heirs, at least the parts that don't go to our creditors or the government. We can take none of it with us. Jesus said:
Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves TREASURES in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Maybe we should concentrate more on the riches of eternity and less on the vain possessions of this life. Solomon was pretty wise after all.
email@example.com with questions, comments or even suggestions for further devotional studies.
If you know of someone new to the Kosciusko area and would like for our church to visit them please let us know. Our prayers are that this devotional ministry will be an outreach to bring people into a closer relationship with Jesus. I do appreciate you taking the time to read these devotionals and please keep us in your prayers.