This is a weekly devotional written by my mother, Estelene. Be blessed as she shares the Word with us.
“I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun”. Ecclesiastes 2:10-11
These are the words of King Solomon. If there was anyone who had every pleasure life had to offer, it was Solomon. As a young king, he asked God for wisdom to lead the nation of Israel. Because of Solomon’s sincere and selfless request, God not only gave him wisdom, but He gave him riches, power, and honor. Kings and leaders from other nations came to him to be taught.
And what happened? He couldn’t handle it all, and his eyes were no longer focused on God and his commands. He compromised his beliefs and took for himself many wives from many nations.
I would like for you to re-read the above scripture. Listen. Do you hear the regret, the sorrow, the “if I could go back and do it all over again”? He is so remorseful for how he had lived his life.
It was not until his life was coming to an end did he realize what he had done. What had he gained? Nothing. What could he take with him to his grave? Nothing. Everything he had worked for meant nothing.
What did he conclude? Everything outside of God is meaningless. Like the wind, you cannot catch it and hold on to you. Someday you will die, and everything you have accomplished outside of God will be meaningless.
Why do we put so much value on worldly possessions? When we stand before Holy God, will we be reminding him of how accomplished we were by worldly standards? Will we be reminding him how we had advanced in our career, how we were able to purchase an expensive vehicle, house, and boat? I dare not think so. God will boldly ask, “What did you do for me?” He will be the judge that will remind us of what we did or did not do to advance his kingdom.
I want to be found guilty of standing for Christ when those around me weremocking him. I want to be found innocent of claiming to be a Christian, yet live in disobedience of God’s Word. I want to chase after my Lord and not the world. For the things of this world are temporary and meaningless.
So what brings peace to my soul is the hope that during my lifetime, all that I do will bring glory to God, and that I will aid in the advancement of his kingdom. I want to keep God in the center of my life. I want to make a spiritual impact on people far and near.
Are you chasing after meaningless possessions? Stop. You don’t have to. God desires you to chase after him. He is not like the wind. You can catch him. You can hold on to him. He is there and He will never leave you. Christ tells us in Matthew 28:20, “’……And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’