Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, NIV: Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil.

“Vanity, all is vanity,” Solomon bemoaned. Within the twelve chapters of Ecclesiastes, the writer relates the sad tale of the human condition when rapt in pursuit of pleasure, or selfish want. At the end of which, we discover our lives were wasted seeking to attain that which will inevitably slip through our fingers. And we who have read Solomon’s words, or have heard Biblical principle taught, and have been exposed to the influence of the Holy Spirit; what have we learned if indeed we understand these things, yet continue in our quest for that which will please or pacify us today, over that which endures in meaning and substance? To pursue God, or not to--that is the lasting question. The world tells us to seek a stable income, a secure future, and a comfortable retirement. And most of us have loudly consented. “Amen!” we exclaim. “To be self-sufficient is good. A comfortable living is to be desired.” Oh we of little faith. When will we learn the principles of Scripture? When will we make God our pursuit? Will we wait until the end to discover, that what is good is to seek God whole-heartedly--to seek anything else is truly a chasing after the wind.