2 “ Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“ Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”
3 What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?
4 One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
But the earth abides forever.
5 The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.
6 The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
(Ecclesiastes 1:2-6, New King James Version)
Vanity of Vanities
Emptiness! Have you ever looked around you and thought, "Everything is vanity of vanities."? Solomon begins verse 2 of Ecclesiastes 1 with those very words. As a matter of fact, the verses shown above seem to express a meaningless hopelessness.
I do not think that is the whole message that Solomon is trying to convey; I think, rather, he is saying that our striving after things is hopeless. Look around you. What do you see? Man is out of control striving to get all he can get while on this earth.
Does that change the earth in any way? No! The generations come and go, but the earth abides forever. The sun rises and sets, and the wind continues to blow. In the bigger picture being painted here, a life searching after fame, fortune, and folly is a hopeless and meaningless life.
Do you think Solomon is saying that life is useless? Absolutely not! As we continue through this book, Solomon will point out the things that man looks to for happiness. However, these things do not satisfy; only God can fill the vanity of vanities that exists in our lives.
Only in Christ do we have a purpose; only in Christ can we live lives that do have meaning. It is good for us to reflect on these things, so that we can adjust our focus on the things of God rather than on the emptiness of a life lived for ourselves.
I pray that as you look at your life, you do not see endless vanity, but rather a purpose driven life lived to the glory of God the Father.
God Bless You,