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Vapor of Vapor, All is Vapor (Ecclesiastes 1)

May 25, 2013 by Pito

 

                                Vapor of Vapor

    The writer of Hebrews tells us to act maturely, to be able to discern between good and evil by having our senses exercised thereunto.  In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon spoke words of wisdom that we might be better able to discern between good and evil.

  He says that the wise man recognizes that our lives are vapor, that any attempt to comprehend the world and God’s ways in the world leads to frustration, emptiness and vanity. This life must be seen for what it is and then we must trust God and rejoice in His gifts, even in and especially in the face of hard times, chaos and every evil thing.

   When Solomon says “vanity of vanity, all is vanity,” he is not referring to  pridefully looking in the mirror nor is he saying that life is meaningless. James gives us the meaning when he says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor, it appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

    Paths of glory lead but to the grave. Like the waves on the shore, generation after generation comes and goes and like sandcastles, the place thereof knows us no more. Everything is beyond our control and we successfully manipulate nothing that matters.

   So what is the answer to all this vapor? Solomon tells us. “Go, eat your bread with joy. So I commend enjoyment. It is good and fitting.” In other words, God gives us the ability to watch this earthly futility with a grateful chuckle and to rejoice anyway. 

   Our lives are vapor, but He is in control of it all. Paul tell us that we are to “be stedfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord because your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” It is not a vapor. The world needs men and women who truly reflect His image in a visible community of love. We have a work to do while it is day. Salvation is living in such a way to show what God is like, being instruments to spread His life and love and joy before the world. If they can’t see our good works, they can’t glorify the Father. We are the saved community that they need to see so that they too can have fellowship with the Father and the Son and with us.

  The wise thing to do then is to have fun and glorify our heavenly Father so that the world may also glorify Him.

 

 


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