Sunday, March 1, 2015
I have not written a blog in a long time and my life has been interesting since my last post. I recently got married, graduated college, rented out an apartment, got a job, etc. It has been a great couple of years with a lot of ups and a lot of downs, both spiritually and emotionally. I began recently to dive into my bible again; however, not just by reading it and doing devotionals on youversion (which have been awesome), but by digging deeper through study. I am currently going through the book of Ecclesiastes and if you are reading this, I want to invite you to dig deeper with me. I hope you enjoy it. I am not a Bible scholar, I am just trying to apply the tools available for all of us to go deeper than the surface of the text. I hope you enjoy!
Ecclesiastes begins on a very depressing note. It states "Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity." (Ecclesiastes 1:2). The preacher says that everything is essentially lived in excess, but it is still empty. All is empty no matter what it is. He then begins to get a little poetic but makes a new note, all things are also full of weariness! (1:8).
If we look at our daily lives, doesn't this ring some truth? Everything we experience becomes either empty or weary. Think of the things that you love doing: playing games, watching TV, exercising, reading, dancing, etc. Everything gets tiring. People can only do something for so long before it becomes weary. Also, with these things mentioned, in the long run they just lead to emptiness. They lead to vanity. Do you begin to see how depressing this book seems. I mean, lol I feel depressed just writing this out. However, before you conclude and want to stop reading, there is this message of hope in this book.
"That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away." (Ecclesiastes 3:15).
Everything has already been done and experienced essentially. When we consume our days with these things spoken above we become empty and lost; however, what does this verse state? It states that God seeks what has been driven away. Driven away, is synonymous with being lost! Either if you read this blog or read this book on your own, you might have this feeling of loss. This verse holds hope. God is seeking you out when you realize this truth "Life without him is empty." When you come to that conclusion, you can begin to filter out all that clutter in your life that distracts you. Beginning to see the truth that God is chasing you this very minute!