CHASING THE WIND
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.