Verse of the Day


"I denied myself nothing my eyes desire; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun."

~Ecclesiastes 2:10-11


Today's Devotional Thought

January 12, 2010 by Wendy Foreman



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Everything is Meaningless without the Lord

It is said that Solomon was one of the wisest men in the Bible and today’s verses are written by him. When the book of Ecclesiastes was written, Solomon was up in years and had lived his life. He wanted for nothing. He had wealth and kingdoms. He had wives and servants. He had accomplished many great things in his lifetime. Yet, when he wrote this book of the Bible, he had reached a point where all of those things meant nothing to him. He knew that life without God was meaningless. And, this book was written to pass it on to future generations.

In these verses, Solomon uses the term “chasing after the wind.” Now, we can feel the wind as it blows, but we sure can’t chase after it and catch hold of it or keep it. This is the same with the accomplishments that we will have in life. When we have those moments of feeling like we have succeeded and done great things, that feeling will only last for a moment and then it will be gone. And, we will find ourselves looking for another way to succeed and then another and another.

Our security and self-worth can not be wrapped up in the things that we do in life. How many of us have done great things in life and have had many successes yet when we are alone at night we feel so empty and alone? Solomon said it best with his statement, “everything is meaningless.” We must live our lives in such a way that our hope, our security and self-worth are grounded in our Lord.

We all have a void inside of us that we try to fill in a variety of ways. We search and search, but those things will NEVER fill that void for you because it is a God shaped void. Don’t go through life trying to fill it up with accomplishments and things that you think will make you feel better and more complete. You will look back one day just like Solomon and realize that it was all meaningless without the Lord.

Solomon wanted to spare future generations the pain of experiencing life as meaningless. You see, he had lived his life and had great wisdom, knowledge, power and wealth all throughout it and in the end I am sure would have given it all up to go back and experience it with God, not apart from God.

Life is meaningless without our Lord. We see that all throughout Solomon’s writings in Ecclesiastes and we have sensed it in our own lives and seen it in others. Live life to the fullest and strive to succeed in all that you do, but I urge you to include Him in all things.


Memorize this verse today:

"I denied myself nothing my eyes desire; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun."
~Ecclesiastes 2:10-11



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