For without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? Ecclesiastes 2:25
MAY 30 - Ecclesiastes 2:17-25
In a recent film, a self-proclaimed “genius” rants to the camera about the world’s “horror, corruption, ignorance, and poverty,” declaring life to be godless and absurd. While such thinking isn’t unusual in many modern film scripts, what’s interesting is where it leads. In the end, the lead character turns to the audience and implores us to do whatever it takes to find a little happiness. For him, this includes leaving traditional morality behind.
But will “do whatever” work? Facing his own despair at life’s horrors, the Old Testament writer of Ecclesiastes gave it a try long ago, searching for happiness through pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:1, 10), grand work projects (vv. 4–6), riches (vv. 7–9), and philosophical inquiry (vv. 12–16). And his assessment? “All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (v. 17). None of these things is immune to death, disaster, or injustice (5:13–17).
Only one thing brings the writer of Ecclesiastes back from despair. Despite life’s trials, we can find fulfillment when God is part of our living and working: “for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” (2:25). Life will at times feel meaningless, but “remember your Creator” (12:1). Don’t exhaust yourself trying to figure life out, but “fear God and keep his commandments” (v. 13).
Without God as our center, life’s pleasures and sorrows lead only to disillusionment.
and everything else.
God, today I place You anew at the center of my living, working, joys, and disappointments, for without You nothing will satisfy or make sense.
Our Church's 56th Anniversary is this month. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to celebrate as we normally would. However God has been good to us for 56 years. For this in itself, is enough to give God the Praise. Through it all we have learned to trust and depend on the Lord. After all we have been through, we still have Joy. Let us continue to pray and support our church during this month of celebration as you have done in the past. And may we pray for one another and our country. For God is our Deliverer and Restorer. We are still fond of saying, Mt. Zion is a Safe Haven and you can get to Heaven from here.
Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., Pastor/Teacher
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You must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6, NIV
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