“Then I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy! But this, too, is foolishness, chasing the wind”— Ecclesiastes 4:4 (TLB).
One of my favorite contemporary Christian songs is titled “Just Give Me Jesus.” It reminds me of the saying, often credited to Billy Graham. “My home is in heaven. I’m just passing through this world.”
Often called upon to ease the nation’s fears during stressful times, Dr. Graham’s wisdom provided calm no matter the situation. He reassured us that Earth is just a stopping place, a way station, before our final home.
Hebrews 13:14 puts it this way. “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.”
Is Life on Earth Meaningless?
Rereading the book of Ecclesiastes for the fourth time, I’m trying to make sense of the author’s state of mind. Chapter one seems to set the tone, and it’s depressing. He writes: “In my opinion, nothing is worthwhile; everything is futile. For what does a man get for all his hard work?”
Although the writer of Ecclesiastes has often been identified as King Solomon, scholars disagree. Many avoid reading this Old Testament book because they feel overwhelmed by the view of life it offers. Like the book of Job, it doesn’t avoid the tough questions of life. But does it offer any answers to life’s meaning?
As the author of Ecclesiastes says, “there is nothing new under the sun that is capable of giving meaning to life.” Could it be we’re chasing the wrong things?
Chasing the Wrong Things
American evangelist David Wilkerson, once said, “Many of those who once were so passionately in love with Christ now run about pursuing their own interests. They’re burdened down with stress and problems, chasing after riches and the things of this world.”
Studying the words penned by the author of Ecclesiastes and reading commentary, I recall the years I pursued and envied what others had. By pursuing what I thought made me a success, I lost sight of who I was in Christ.
That’s why I understand the writer’s point: Even if we achieve worldly success, death awaits each of us at the end. We can’t take it with us. So, in essence, we’re just running after the wind, a useless endeavor.
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SOURCE: Assist News