Eccl. 1:2-3 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?

For some people, a husband (or wife), two kids, two cars, a nice house, and plenty of four day weekends is their definition of happiness. We are preached to constantly by the media, our friends, and, sadly, even from the pulpits, that our happiness consists in our accomplishments and our possessions. If you think that is true, then you need to go visit Solomon. He was the richest and wisest of all men and happiness eluded him until his search led him to pursue joy in God. Matthew Henry touched on this in his commentary, listen to his words on the source of happiness.

“Worldly people inquire for good, not for the chief good; all they want is outward good, present good, partial good, good meat, good drink, a good trade, and a good estate; but what are all these worth? Any good will serve the turn of most men, but a gracious soul will not be put off so. Lord, let us have thy favour, and let us know that we have it, we desire no more; let us be satisfied of thy loving-kindness, and will be satisfied with it. Many inquire after happiness, but David had found it. When God puts grace in the heart, he puts gladness in the heart. Thus comforted, he pitied, but neither envied nor feared the most prosperous sinner. He commits all his affairs to God, and is prepared to welcome his holy will. But salvation is in Christ alone; where will those appear who despise him as their Mediator, and revile him in his disciples? May they stand in awe, and no longer sin against the only remedy.”

“The only remedy” to man’s desperate and miserable condition is found in Christ alone. Our happiness can never be in His gifts, His talents, His riches, or His favor; joy is found in God Himself. Solomon had all of the riches imaginable at his disposal. He could have anything ( or anyone) that his heart desired. He could travel, he could vacation, he could throw great parties (it seems as if he tried all of those things in his search for joy). In all of his pursuits he came up empty, he said that life without God was all vanity and striving after wind. It seems as if we live in a generation who, like Solomon, has pursued happiness as hard as possible in the pleasures available in this world. At the end of the day everyone comes to the same conclusion, there is no lasting contentment in anything this world offers. Like Solomon said, the pursuit of happiness outside of God is like chasing the wind. Maybe you are tired of running in circles and chasing rainbows. If so, turn your heart toward the Lord, joy unspeakable is just a prayer away.

3 Replies to “CHASING THE WIND”

  1. most of us have chased the wind at one tinme or another I think many of us had to see I kn ow I did that it was all in vain, some of us did it all some did less of this but when it was all said and done it didnt bring love joy or peace that only the Lord could give us I was thinking of the pearl of great price were they sold every thing they had to obtain it, we have that right now in Christ True richs no one can take this from us something that cant be stolen , we have had things stolen from us, tools property and money, it happens in this world but so what! the lord provides our needs anyway and he can restore if he feels we need them and he has the final say, i k now this if He is our true richs things that go on dont have that big of a impact in our lives my main concern for my own life is have the lord daily moveing and being made to what he wants and to continnnnue to enjot Him Im so Blessed to be able to come in His presence and tell him all about it enjoy him and find his joy we cant earn this its his gift to us all we do is yeild turn our liv es over and let him have them, why did we come to the Lord? I think if we are hhonest life didnt satisfy us not really when I served my own sefishness I wasnt complete im thankful God changed that for me He gave us Him even when we were lost no direction out there no real purpose but to gradify our flesh keep up with the jones all the stuff the world goes after, we all wanted a ride but we were in the wrong car that is due to crash and go no where, im sure glad we got in when the lord offered us his ride now we have the best and its a ride for eternity

  2. God the holy spirit is my teacher,comforter,and guide in the darkness of this world! I praise you Father God for having sent him in Jesus Christ’s name! Acts 2:1-47. While being about the Fathers business in this world at times a laborer can sense Gods presence in the wind itself! God is so awesome to surprise us in such ways! Thank you Jesus Christ for giving us such an awesome gift!(Eternal Life with God)

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