Meaninglessness and Vanity

I spent the night in a restless dream of effort without resolution, completion or meaning. I remembered Solomon’s exhaustive analysis, “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2) Yes, and he observed what I experienced in my dream. “All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.” (Eccl. 2:23) I see how small we are and how petty our pursuits and desires. The lies of this world, the lies we tell ourselves about our own importance and the lies of the enemy that twist everything into a mirage and farce of deceit all produce meaninglessness, sadness and sorrow.

Then I read, a small bit of hope, that we can enjoy our work, given to us from God’s hand. “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?” (Eccl. 3:22, 24-25) However, this last question struck me, for there is an answer to us which Solomon did not have. It came from Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) to John as a Revelation from an angel. (Rev. 1:1) In this prophetic testimony of Yeshua Messiah, we can see what will happen after we die, even to the very end of the world and time itself. In the end there is encouragement, for God reigns Supreme, casting the enemy and his followers into the lake of Hell’s fire along with sin and death. (Rev. 20: 10,14) The glorified saints, all believers, will live in God’s presence with Yeshua our everything. 

Its not that Solomon was wrong about our insignificance and the futility of what transpires by man on earth through generation after generation, but Yeshua brought hope, faith and love to us which changed everything and gave us purpose and meaning. It is found in Him alone. There is no other activity with eternal purpose and significance. The Holy Spirit enables us to live in this Love, Faith and Hope. (Col. 1:4-6) As He said, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:20) This work of redemption by God in and for us has all complete meaning. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14) In response to this infinite eternal love, by the Spirit, we surrender our tiny insignificant selves back to the Father our Creator God. Then everything which was spoken into existence will return to Him, “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

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