by Randy Chambers, 2015-07-15
1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV: Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.
Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you
know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart
took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed
all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a
chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun (Eccl. 2 10-11). Solomon
had seen it all, tried it all, and denied himself nothing. And upon careful reflection, he
concluded that there is but one good cause for mankind: Fear God and keep his
commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Eccl. 12:13). There is much to
shake us, much to stir, much to cause strife, much to distract, and much to disturb us in
our efforts to stand firm in Christ. Whether it be things of the world, things of
pleasure, or things of selfish pursuit; they are things that leave us empty. Our greatest
joy, fulfillment, meaning and purpose shall only and always be found in Christall
else, is a chasing after the wind.