The devil often comes at us with the line, “Life would be so much more exciting if you didn’t have to follow God’s Word in the way you live.” If he’s coming at you with that line, remember, it’s an old one. It goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, and you know what happened then. It even fooled the wisest of Israel’s kings and made him a fool. Today’s devotional will show what it did for him. God bless you and keep you.
Because of Calvary,
Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)
All Is Vanity
1 The words of the Preacher,[a] the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity[b] 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?
“The book reads like the experiences of one who had tried the world to the utmost, who had sounded its lowest depths, and found it false and hollow to the core, its pleasures delusions, its riches transient, its honors empty, its enjoyments and happiness Sodom apples that turn to ashes on the lips…. It is…the bitter and agonizing utterance of one who has known much, felt much, tried much, been admired much, and yet who has seen through all the enormous pretensions and shams of the world.”
[W. G. Moorehead, Outline Studies in the Old Testament, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1893), p. 190-191]