📅 Vanity of vanities – Daily Bible Reading

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November 12, 2022

Today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2

Vanity of vanities

We read in Ecclesiastes 1:2:

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

Vanity came from the Hebrew word, “hebel,” which means emptiness, vanity, and transitory. If you go through Eccleasiastes, it talks about hopelessness, despair, and unworthiness. It makes us think, “Why is this book here?” “What’s the main message of Ecclesiastes that it is included in the Word of God?”

The main point of this book is simply to drive home this crucial truth:

A life lived without God is vanity.

The writer further made a point in Ecclesiastes 1:3-4:

3 What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?

4 One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
But the earth abides forever.

The Preacher, who is known to be Solomon, believes that there is God. This book is not a matter of whether God exists or not, but rather, it’s a book that asks that question, “What happens when people live life without God?”

His first conclusion was made clear in his opening statement, “Vanity of vanities.”

Ever since Adam and Eve rebelled against our Creator, our lives have been filled with labor. We wake up each day working and toiling. We spend a large amount of our time making a living.

However, what’s the point in all this? Why do we work? What does it profit? 

If we are going to die one day, what’s the point of all this?

The Preacher is telling us that all of these things are vanities when we live life without any eternal purpose. When we live just for the here and now, we are certain that we are just wasting our life.

You can be the richest man in the world, but what does it profit? Soon, you will die and what you have labored all your life would be given to another person.

Life becomes meaningful when we have God in our lives. Life gets its purpose from its Giver. Life is not vanity when we live it for our Creator.

Sadly, that’s how most people live their lives. They wake up each day without any spiritual purpose. They work, work, and work to achieve their worldly goals and pursuits. However, at the end of the day, they still feel empty.

We don’t have to live under the mantra, “Vanity of vanities.”

We can all live a meaningful and purposeful life with God.


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