September 8 – Chasing After The Wind

“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”  Ecclesiastes 1:14 (NIV)

“Meaningless, a chasing after the wind,” occurs nine times in the first six chapters of Ecclesiastes. “Everything is meaningless…There is nothing new under the sun.” (1:2, 9b) One day, King Solomon decided to devote himself to studying and exploring by wisdom all that is done in the earth. (1:13)

At first glance, his conclusions seem dismal…a common destiny for all men (righteous or evil)…DEATH. However, every once in a while, he had glimpses of hope and surety of mind. “I KNOW that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live…I KNOW that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it, so men will revere him. He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  (3:12,14,11) (Emphasis supplied.)

Solomon ends his discourse with a warning about any words added to his “upright and true collected sayings,” which he likens to “firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd,” and concludes simply: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (12:10-14)

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, I also have had many questions in my mind about life’s seeming inequities, but I will follow You and trust Your plan. Amen.”

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