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June 5, 2018

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Reading along with us in Ecclesiastes? Here’s today’s reading:

Ecclesiastes 2 (ESV)

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the sons of man......Continue Reading

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  1. Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. 14The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the same event happens to all of them

    a striving after wind. Reminds me of a song by Donovan ….may as well try and catch the wind.🙃

  2. Who of us doesn’t know the emptiness of what Solomon describes here? We may not be in a position like Solomon to not deny ourselves anything our eyes desired, but maybe we have come close and have realized the same thing: that it just doesn’t satisfy. Whether it is gratification of the flesh, the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom, or working hard and accomplishing great things, it cannot meet the need of the human soul. Only God can and that’s how He has made us. Things may stimulate for a season, but in the end there is slavery and emptiness on the other side. It is this fact that makes the American dream a nightmare, a distraction from what really matters. And what people think they are missing: wealth, possession, popularity, etc, if they only had it, they would then realize they have been chasing the wind. That is why we have some individuals who reach the pinnacle of success and then commit suicide because they have it all and see nothing else. It is unfortunate they are blinded from the one who can truly help, God their creator.

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