Chasing After the Wind (Part II of III)
I John 2:16 & 17, For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
The world says: Accumulate money and possessions and you will find meaning to your life. The world says: Satisfy your physical desires and you will find endless pleasure. The world says: Become famous or important and you will find satisfaction and inner-security.
Tell that to Elvis Aaron Presley.
Tell that to Marilyn Monroe.
Tell that to Judy Garland.
Of course, we cannot tell these folks and others like them anything because they are not with us. Long gone, after losing the search to find significance in their lives.
Are you like the song says (with a slight change), “. . . looking for significance in all the wrong places.?”
King Solomon did.
Ecclesiastes 2:10 & 11 (King Solomon writing), Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this (delight) was my reward for all my labor. Then I (really) looked (hard) on all the works my hands had done, and what I had toiled to achieve; everything was meaningless, like chasing after the wind; nothing (lasting) was gained under the sun.
Towards the end of his life, Solomon had become disillusioned with all that he had and all that he was. And I believe it was because of his willful disobedience towards God. Solomon had a dark stain on his heart that was like a cancer eating at his soul.
Ignoring what God expected and demanded, Solomon rebelled against God and married pagan women, bowed before and worshipped their false gods of Ashtoreth and Molech, worship that involved sexual sin and the sacrifice of innocent children. Solomon even encouraged the people of Israel to do likewise and a profound paganism swept over the nation.
Consequently, Solomon had lost all meaning in his life, which explains his boredom with riches, fame, women, accomplishments, gold, and even laughter. All because God’s hand was no longer on the life of Solomon because of Solomon’s willful and unrepentant disobedience.
Next time: How to have significance and stability in our lives, considered, in the conclusion to “Chasing After the Wind.”
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Chris Voss is a pastor at First Christian Church, 317 S. Main, Donna.