The Chase

Read Ecclesiastes 3

What do you work for on earth? Do you work to amass riches, spending every waking hour chasing money? Do you collect things to make you happy? Is there something you just had to save if your house was on fire or flooding?

Solomon was reportedly the wisest man who ever lived. He spent his life amassing great wisdom, but he rewarded himself with anything he wanted. He chased every woman his eye took pleasure in, drank alcohol incessantly, he was a very foolish king.

The book of Ecclesiastes is his warning to man that everything he did brought him no satisfaction, and that none was to be had apart from God.

I implore you all, if you are chasing anything but God, turn back toward God. For chasing happiness in anything else is folly, chasing after the wind.

“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil–this is God’s gift to man.

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.” – Ecclesiastes 3:9-15

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