Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. – Ecclesiastes 12:8
I find it interesting the more I delve into God’s Word and spend time in His presence, this has become my viewpoint on many things. My life is but a breath…a mere breath. Money? Power? Possessions? Even health, family, and friends? Vanity. Not meaningless, for each is precious in its own way, but nevertheless, each is to be held lightly as well. To put my security, my hope, and my faith in anything or anyone other than God is vanity. It’s futile and will leave me empty in the end. I’m not here long on this earth. I was born, and I will die. This is a promise. My life on earth will end as quickly as it began. Do I know when exactly? No… Could be today. Could be years from now. My end is known, though: my physical body will die, yet my spirit will live on.
So as I live day by day on this earth, do I want to chase my earthly desires–desires that rise and fall like vapors in the wind, desires which will go to the grave with me? Or do I want to run hard after His desires for me–desires which will carry me into eternity?
Let my heart be steadfast, oh Lord! Let my heart be steadfast! May the desires of my heart be desires born of Your Spirit. For Your Spirit is life–eternal life.
“…All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.” – Isaiah 40:6-8