Did you read chapter 1 yet? No shame if you haven’t! Read all 18 verses real quick here.
If you did, let’s talk a little about your thoughts! Here are mine…
Did you notice the frequency of the word “vanity”? In my favorite version (NASB), he uses it 6 times. This is the primary message of the whole book – it’s what he thinks is most important to remember.
So what does it mean? Technically, three different things*:
- “futile” or “meaningless”
Do any of these words describe parts of your day? Parts of your life?
“Solomon looks at the fleeting moments of life and the seemingly small gain for man’s activity under the sun. The only lasting efforts are those designed to accomplish God’s purposes for eternity.” -John MacArthur, Bible teacher
What are we pursuing in an effort to be satisfied or happy in place of God?
Are we willing to let that go for an hour, two, a day, a week?
Are we willing to fast that pursuit and get alone to just be with God?
Test it. Try it and find out what good happens from it!
I so want to hear your own thoughts on this chapter and if there is anything you’re wanting to give up. Comment below!
Until next week,
*From the “Introduction: Interpretative Challenges” section of the The MacArthur Study Bible in Ecclesiastes