12 I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
15 What is crooked cannot be made straight,
And what is lacking cannot be numbered.
(Ecclesiastes 1:12-15, New King James Version)
Grasping for the Wind
Have you ever held the wind in your hand? Have you ever captured the wind in a bottle? Have you ever changed the wind from an easterly to a westerly direction? Have you ever even seen the wind?
The Preacher, Solomon, King of Israel, whom God made the wisest man on earth, decided to seek out by his wisdom, everything that was done on earth. We will see the extent to which he went to make this discovery in the coming chapters of Ecclesiastes, but even before he gives the details, he gives the conclusion of the matter.
All is vanity and grasping for the wind.
What is crooked, and there is much that is crooked on earth, cannot be made straight. The things that are lacking are so great they cannot be numbered.
Again, we are left with a rather hopeless impression that even life itself is meaningless. I think it is important for us to come to that conclusion as, only then, do we begin to understand our need of a Savior. Only then will we understand that we are helpless without the aid of the Lord our God.
What is your goal in life? What things do you seek? In your goals, are you really just chasing after the wind? Do you think that completion of your goals will bring security, happiness, and peace? It surely seems that way in the movies, does it not? How many movies end, "And they lived happily ever after?" Oh, they may not say those very words, but the inference is there.
How, then, can we prevent total despair in our daily lives. We teach our children, but will they pass on the wisdom and knowledge they learn from us? Even if they do, will their children pass it on to the next generation?
I am so thankful that it is not for us to be concerned about the future. Why is that? Just as we can do nothing about the present, we can do nothing about the future. Just as we must leave everything in the present in the hands of God, so must we leave the future in God's hands.
Is that so bad? What an amazing God we have! What we cannot do, He does. Are we concerned about the future generations? Then let us pray to God to lead and guide them in the way of truth just as He has led us.
Yes, we are just grasping for the wind, but God holds the wind in His hand. This is the God we love and serve; this is the God who will live with us for eternity!
Amen, so let it be!
God Bless You,