I ask that you will spend some time in Ecclesiastes. I can’t believe that before I was assigned the task of reading Ecclesiastes, I had never read it before. But as I opened my Bible last week to dive in, I was awestruck by how relatable it was and how hard it hit me.
Throughout the whole book, Solomon used the phase,
“Vanity of Vanities, all is vanity.”
The theme of Ecclesiastes is that we all spend time chasing the worthless things of the world and we need to be reminded that it is all worthless… yes ALL of it. Even the things you are finding your identity and comfort in, vanity… all vanity.
When I read the harsh words of Solomon it was like a huge slap in the face. All of the things I am chasing, success, love, acceptance, authority, and security are worthless. The things I have been spending all of my time on and convincing myself that they are not a waste of time… actually are.
After I realized that, I decided to start tearing Solomon’s claim apart (because truthfully, I like chasing these things sometimes). I thought, “Ugh why should I believe Solomon, what does he have? He probably has never tasted success.”
But if any of you remember Solomon, you will know that my thoughts were WAY off. Solomon was “the man” who had everything. He had achieved the status of “successful” and he knew what the “dream life” was like. He had success, love, acceptance, authority, and security. He had all the things I have spent my life chasing.
Yet, with all of the desires of my selfish human heart, Solomon can write for twelve chapters that it is all worthless… yes ALL of it. At this point, I was able to believe Solomon and take his warnings to heart.
He is telling each of us to let these worldly things go. He is sending us a warning that if we don’t stop chasing the wind we will end up at the end of our road feeling worthless and not at all content.
Thankfully, in the final chapter of Ecclesiastes, Solomon shares with us the only thing worth chasing and spending our time on.
“Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act of judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”
So yeah, the man who literally had EVERYTHING is saying that the only thing that brings fulfillment and purpose is to seek the Lord and fear His name. We need to not take this lightly. This is huge and the most important thing in our lives.
When we chase God and not the things of this world, that is when the desire of success, love, acceptance, authority, and security are finally met. We find all of it in the arms of Christ.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster