Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thought of the Day !!

"Meaningless!  Meaningless!" says the Teacher.  "Utterly meaningless!  Everything is meaningless."
                                                               Ecclesiastes 1:2 (NIV)

I wonder how many in our culture today would say the same thing.  Could it be that so many in our own communities are dealing with depression because they feel like their lives are meaningless?

Solomon is the man who has been credited with writing the book of Ecclesiastes.  Let's remember that he was a man who had it all…a king of kings…known as the wisest man to live…having all the worldly pleasures.  But still he saw life as meaningless.

In the Life Application Study Bible there is an illustration about a chocolate Easter bunny.  Maybe you've taken a bite into one at Easter only to find that it was hollow.   On the outside everything looks great.  The chocolate tastes good.  It's inviting.  But soon you notice that it’s empty on the inside.

Many people feel that way today.  Even Solomon felt that way as he searched for meaning in the things of this world that he could gain or accomplish.  If people try to fill this emptiness with worldly pleasures or hard work or anything else other than God, then they will fail at finding meaning.  For it's only through our relationship with God and serving Him that we can find true meaning.  This is what we were created for.  And this is the conclusion that Solomon came to at the end of Ecclesiastes when he wrote

"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." (Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV)

This is where Solomon found his meaning.  And it's where we can as well.

In the love of Christ,


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