is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2A
man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth
nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to
eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it
is an evil disease.
If God gives a man riches,
wealth, and honor, so that he wants for nothing, and his soul has all that he
desires, but God does not give him power to use all of these gifts from God,
then will a stranger use these gifts given by God. Then this is but vanity, and
is an evil disease.
Do you see that we are to seek
the power of God to insure that we do not waste away what he has given us.
How do we get this power?
Brothers, this power comes from God's very own Holy Spirit who Jesus sent to us
to be our other helper, our guide, our comforter, our strength giver, and our
deliverer of all truth.
Please see here that it is the
power of God who will show each of us what we are to do with the many blessings
that he has given us.
If we fail to use what he gives
us then it is both vanity, and an evil disease. What does a disease do? It eats
away your very being. What does vanity do? It eats away your very soul.
Brothers, don't allow a stranger
to come after you and waste upon this lost world the gifts that God gave to
you. Ask for and receive God's power to know how to use his gifts, and also the
strength to bring these gifts to do good as God intended for you.
the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8For
what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk
before the living? 9Better
is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the
desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
Brothers, man labors to feed both
his fleshly body and his evil desires. Yet all that he labors for in this life
does not satisfy his appetite. It is all done in vanity if he has not received
from God the power to use all that he has been blessed with.
which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
Man is no match for the evil
disease of vanity. Man has been around for many years, but he alone without God
can bring nothing to good. Only the power of God can bring the fruit of man's
labor to do good under the sun of this life here on earth.
there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the
who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the
days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man
what shall be after him under the sun?
Man does not know what shall be
after his life here is over. You can make all manner of plans for your estate
after this life. But, you will not know what those who come after you will do
Brothers, we are being taught here in
the sixth chapter of Ecclesiastes that without the power of God to guide you in his service.
Your efforts to decide how to use those many gifts that God has blessed you
with will be, but vanity and vexation of spirit.
God bless you my brothers,
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