Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thurs., 4/14/11 Devotion (Eccl. 1:2b)

Today's encouragement comes from Ecclesiastes 1:2b, where we read these words:

" . . . Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."

These few familiar words (above) are completely true, as they apply to anyone and anything outside of, or separated from the Person, work, covenant, and church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are not in Jesus have "vain" lives. After all: what do they amount to? A few years of existence, and then death? Accumulating some goods, and then leaving them for someone else?

If sinners would actually stop and take a few moments, and try to figure out why they are on the earth in the first place--they would have to center their thoughts on a Deity who created them, and to Whom they owe everything. But this does not happen with fallen peo-
ple. Unless God regenerates them, they are content in vanity. May the redeemed of the Lord not be like this. Instead, may we be thoughtful and intentional--as we live our lives for Christ.

[Puritan quote of the day: "If you have the favor of God, this doctrine [of encouragement] teaches you that you need not be afraid of ene-
mies; for whoever is your enemy, God looks upon as His enemy."
--Jonathan Edwards, in one of his great sermons]