Day 4: When this world fails—Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

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Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Reflection: Solomon sought to fill his life with all that this world offered. What stands out is verse 10: “For my heart rejoiced in all my labor.” We rely on feelings to judge the rightness of a situation. If we feel temporarily fulfilled by the works of our hands, it must have been the correct decision, right? Then verse 11 deflates those thoughts: “Indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.” Solomon quite literally had it all, all that is, except for peace in his heart over the earthly life he had built.

Application: Do you see yourself in parts of Solomon’s story? Do you sense the tug of realization that all of it is vanity? What would God have you do?

Prayer: Father, God. We are weary of toiling for things that do not matter. Thank You for imbedding in our souls the desire to make a difference, to make a life. Show us, mightily and clearly, how to fulfill those desires–which we know can only be done in seeking Your righteousness. May You, alone, be our Guide. Amen.

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