Chasing The Wind
Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11 – I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless… I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards…I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired…a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me…I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure…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.
My favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. Here we have King Solomon in a period of his life where he walked away from God while deciding to seek out worldly fulfillment and pleasure. Yet, as the passage above illustrates, time after time he kept coming up empty. The message to both us and our youth culture is simple: that void in your heart can only be filled by God’s eternal peace. Sure, you may fill it for a time; going from temporal fulfillment to temporal fulfillment through fleshly passions like sexual conquests and / or drunkenness, by reaching goals, achieving status, perhaps accumulating wealth and possessions. But ultimately, as we learn from Solomon who had more than any human being who ever lived – the temporal always wears off, once again leaving the pleasure seeker feeling meaningless and empty.
So my questions are what are you chasing today? What the world tells you is satisfying or what the Word tells you is satisfying? Remember the next generation is watching and, for better or worse, they’re going to follow your lead. Solomon, during this season of his life, was looking “under the sun” to earthly pleasures. Are you looking under the sun or over the sun for your fulfillment?
I’ve always found it astonishing that a book written in the 3rd century B.C. could have so much relevance to today. But as we learn from King Solomon throughout the book, “There’s nothing new under the sun!”
March 26th Posted in: Christian Living with No Comments