Good morning everyone.
13-14 (NLT) I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless-like chasing the wind. 17 (KJV) And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly; I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit (NLT pursuing all this is like chasing the wind). Then I read 2:11, Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had labored ti do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit (NLT like chasing the wind), and there was no profit under the sun (NLT nothing really worthwhile anywhere."
I was blessed and encouraged as I read the first chapter of Ecclesiastes and thought on some experiences. 6 years ago, when I had first become a supervisor, after having finished my first Masters degree and pursuing a second one, I felt like I had achieved something great. Not that I had arrived, but that I had achieved and was on my way to becoming a director, then vice president of the program, then consultant to the companies/programs I've worked for. I had it all worked out and it did not involve ministry. Like Solomon, one day I looked over all the works of my hands and nothing felt worthwhile. I actually felt like I was suffocating. I would go to work and while I had worked hard to get there, I felt empty. What God showed me was that because I was too focused on chasing worldly security, worldly self worth, and placed such a larger value on worldly accomplishments than I did on answering the call of Christ. What helped me along was knowing that my professional career aligned with what God had for me to do in ministry (that was my excuse not to go all the way in) but I didn't put the same chase in seeking and following God as I did in the things my hands could control. Like Solomon said, in my search and my understanding, I discovered that I was also chasing the wind. In my flesh, I sought wisdom and while I "knew" more, I knew nothing because I wasn't truly walking in purpose on purpose and was running. I laughed as I read, "I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race". This "tragic existence" is because many of us will first travail through painful decisions as we seek to have instant gratification before we surrender it all to God, seek His wisdom, find security in relationship with Him, and self worth in what He has placed in us and not simply what we obtained on our own. When we surrender to Him, seek and embrace Godly wisdom, we wont suffocate in the works of our hands because they will be guided by God.
God bless you all and have a wonderful day.