Monday, October 3, 2011

Pointless

Ecclesiastes 1:2-4  "Absolutely pointless!" says the spokesman. "Absolutely pointless! Everything is pointless."  (3)  What do people gain from all their hard work under the sun?  (4)  Generations come, and generations go, but the earth lasts forever.

Ecclesiastes 1:14-18  I have seen everything that is done under the sun. Look at it! It's all pointless. It's like trying to catch the wind.  (15)  No one can straighten what is bent. No one can count what is not there.  (16)  I thought to myself, "I have grown wiser than anyone who has ruled Jerusalem before me. I've had a lot of experience with wisdom and knowledge."  (17)  I've used my mind to understand wisdom and knowledge as well as madness and stupidity. Now I know that this is like trying to catch the wind.  (18)  With a lot of wisdom comes a lot of heartache. The greater your knowledge, the greater your pain.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-3  I thought to myself, "Now I want to experiment with pleasure and enjoy myself." But even this was pointless.  (2)  I thought, "Laughter doesn't make any sense. What does pleasure accomplish?"  (3)  I explored ways to make myself feel better by drinking wine. I also explored ways to do some foolish things. During all that time, wisdom continued to control my mind. I was able to determine whether this was good for mortals to do during their brief lives under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 2:22-26  What do people get from all of their hard work and struggles under the sun?  (23)  Their entire life is filled with pain, and their work is unbearable. Even at night their minds don't rest. Even this is pointless.  (24)  There is nothing better for people to do than to eat, drink, and find satisfaction in their work. I saw that even this comes from the hand of God.  (25)  Who can eat or enjoy themselves without God?  (26)  God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to anyone who pleases him. But to the person who continues to sin, he gives the job of gathering and collecting wealth. The sinner must turn his wealth over to the person who pleases God. Even this is pointless. It's like trying to catch the wind.

What do people gain from their hard work? What have you gained from living in this world? Do you sometimes feel like you are slipping away? Do you wonder what is the use in serving the Lord? Do wonder why so many people have rejected the Lord and you remain? Is life truly pointless? Is there a purpose with or without God?

What was King Solomon saying about life? Was he saying that living this life is useless and we should just sin our butts off? Was he declaring that life should be just ended as soon as possible?

King Solomon forgot that all wisdom and knowledge in the world is useless without the influence from the Lord. Solomon tried the world's way and entered into sinful pleasures. He married over 300 women and had over 700 concubines. He tried to fill his void by consuming himself with evil things instead of turning to the Lord. Solomon came to the conclusion that life is POINTLESS WITHOUT SERVING THE LORD.

Look what Solomon discovered " Who can eat or enjoy themselves without God?   God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to anyone who pleases him. But to the person who continues to sin, he gives the job of gathering and collecting wealth. The sinner must turn his wealth over to the person who pleases God. Even this is pointless. It's like trying to catch the wind."

Life is meaningless without the ever presence of our God. Those who have left his presence must admit they are miserable and unfulfilled. That is why they have to fill the void with alcohol, sex, and other worldly pleasures. Worldly Pleasures only last for a season. They never fully satisfy. Others try to become self-enlightened and make themselves greater than the living God. It is all pointless. It is pointless to separate yourself from the Truth of God. It is pointless to serve worldly pleasures and to turn to the deceptions from the enemy. For one day, all those who have turn their backs towards the truth of the Lord will one day lose everything. They will one day have to stand before His presence and declare His majesty. It is POINTLESS TO SERVE YOURSELF and not the living God. IT IS POINTLESS to turn to evil instead of surrendering to the Lord. 

Why do you want to live a pointless life? Why do you want to live a life that is unfulfilled? Why do you want to be deceived and bound to the sins of this world? All of it is POINTLESS.  All we need and will ever need is the Living God!!!!!
 
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