Seize the Moment – Day 1339

Find Meaning with God!

Ecclesiastes 2


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, November 16.


I heard a Christian music artist testify, “There is no high, like the Most High!” He stated it with an air of personal authority that made it much more believable than if I had said it. Solomon began Ecclesiastes 2 with that same kind of authority, basing his conclusions on personal experience rather than philosophical speculation. He summarized his observations in verses 10-11:


All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.


Solomon tried it all and found every kind of pursuit under the sun as having no lasting value (1-11). After reflecting upon the reality that both the foolish and the wise will share the same death (12-16), Solomon journaled in verse 17, “So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.”


What’s the answer to living a fulfilled life “under the sun” if it’s all a chasing after the wind? After testing every possible pursuit, he summarized his conclusion with a question, in Ecclesiastes 2:25, “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?” You were never intended to do life apart from God (John 15:5); truly, trying to do so is vanity of vanities!


Seize the moment and find meaning with God – “for in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28).


God bless you!


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