As I was sitting reading the book of Ecclesiastes this morning, I was powerfully reminded that life, all life, anybody’s life, everybody’s life a part from Christ soon becomes empty, meaningless, and desperately disappointing. Ecclesiastes 2:17,
“So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Yet with a life genuinely and regularly focused on Jesus Christ, whether filled with plenty or need, life can be characterized by real and lasting contentment. Philippians 4:11-13, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
So, after discussion all of the emptiness and frustration of all of life without Him and all of the fullness and satisfaction of life with Him, Solomon concludes, Ecclesiastes 12:13
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” There is nothing like the truth to set your heart right, your mind straight, and your feet back on the right path!
This Sunday morning we will be studying Acts 22:22-23:22 which carries a great message of encouragement to those following Christ through difficult times. In the Sunday evening service we will be studying I John 2:1-6, focusing on one very powerful and indisputable evidence that Christ lives in you, that in fact you are a child of God. That should also be a great encouragement. See you here, Lord willing.