Alright.. So I forgot to write last week.. But here is Ecclesiastes Two!
Ecclesiastes two is divided into three main parts.
#1. The Vanity of Self Indulgence:
This is probably the easiest of the three vanities expressed in the chapter for us to understand. It is pointless for us to indulge ourselves. I.E.- The bon-bons you eat on Friday nights doesn’t help the Kingdom of Heaven.
You may be thinking, as I have many times before about my tea and my nail polish, “WAIT!!! If I don’t indulge every once in a while, I will go NUTS!”
This is very true; In order to live healthy spiritual lives, we do need peace. (Galatians 5:22) However, true peace does not come from “Modern Family,” OPI and Bigelow, but from God, prayer and His Word. (Philippians 4:6-7)
#2. The Vanity of Living Wisely.
“WAIT! So I have been working my whole life to live wisely, and the same thing is going to happen to me as that idiot who sits next to me in English?” (I love you, Jessie. 🙂 )
YES! And isn’t it a beautiful thing?
Have you ever felt like a dog that comes back to it’s vomit? Let me rephrase that. Have you ever found yourself going back to the same sins over and over again? If there are any humans out there, I should be hearing “Amen.”
“Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool that repeats his folly.” Proverbs 26:11
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of god.” Romans 3:23
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein
Need I say more? Instead of living wisely being our goal, pleasing the Lord should be our goal, because quite frankly, we are all losers and fools, and just because in my opinion I am less of a fool than the stupid kid in English (I really do love Jessie 🙂 ) does not mean I am any more worthy of God’s gift. (If you are following after God, your sins are covered, no matter how foolish they are. “But the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24) But, keep in mind that your goal as a Christ follower should be to bring Glory to God with your life, and there for the phrase “I will repent later” should leave a very bitter taste in your mouth, and you should make it your goal to never have it fall from your lips. (Or cross your mind… No loop-holes.)
#3. The Vanity of Toil. (Colossians 3:23)
Have you ever felt as though all your work was “a chasing after the wind? Well, it is. But! There is good news! God is giving us permission to enjoy ourselves in Him.
“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy..” – Ecclesiastes 2:24-26a
So.. There is room for bon-bons in your spiritual diet; but make sure while you are enjoying the fruit of your labor, you are acknowledging it is from God, not from your own works. Because to the one who pleases him, he gives joy, but to the sinner he gives extra work to do, and then all the good that comes out of what he does, goes to the one who pleases God. Bummer for him.
So, to sum it up, if your joy, peace, and wisdom don’t come from God- they are vanity and a chasing after the wind. But if they do come from God, you are GOLDEN! 😀