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The book of Ecclesiastes is chocked full of wisdom for everyday living.

For example, let’s see what this book in the Word of God has to say about vanity:

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full;  to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. 8 All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of later things yet to be among those who come after. ~~Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

What It Says

  • All temporary pursuits are vanity. The Preacher includes specific examples of vanity, all of them temporary.
  • God gives purpose to us. His purpose is eternal. (Col. 3:2)
  • Leading lost people to Christ and loving our neighbors have eternal purpose!

What God Does For Us

  • The Lord Almighty gives purpose and wisdom to Christians.
  • God gives knowledge to those who please Him by living in light of eternity.
  • God gives joy to those who seek to please Him. (2 Cor. 5:9)

Suggested Application/Spiritual Growth

  • I hope you will rejoice in your work finding God’s purpose and eternal value in what He has called you to do.
  • Find enjoyment in your daily tasks. (Ecclesiastes 2:24)
  • Because of His wondrous deeds, give thanks to God.

Join the Conversation:

How do you need to change your perspective to a more eternal one even in everyday activities?

–Mark and Rachel Shaw (grateful for God’s amazing grace)