VANITY & VEXATION OF SPIRIT
whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from
any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all
Brothers, please see here that Elisha did seek after the things of the world, and he possessed many things that man treasured even more than anyone else in Jerusalem. In mans eyes he had profited much from his labor in this world.
looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had
laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of
spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
Brothers, when Elisha looked back on his life and all that he had gathered unto himself as profit. He perceived that all of the labor with his hands were but vanity and vexation of spirit.
He worked hard and accumulated great wealth in mans eyes. But, it was all just vanity in pleasing his own desires, and nothing that he had could be taken with him into the next life. All of these things would be left behind for someone else.
saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 14The
wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I
myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.
Here he tell us that we are to walk in the wisdom of God, and not the wisdom of man. Mans wisdom is but folly. But, Gods wisdom is as light chasing away darkness.
Yes, and this event of vanity will touch all man if he chases after the things of this world, and not in the service to God all the days of your life.
Brothers, serve God here on this earth so that your treasures are stored in Heaven, and not on this earth.
hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it
unto the man that shall be after me.
Brothers, he hated all that his labor had accomplished. He says that he hated to leave this ill gotten possessions to the man that would come after him.
We will all leave our, 'STUFF and all of our POSSESSIONS', to some other ignorant fool who has not know that these things mean nothing, but vanity and vexation of spirit.
knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have
rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed
myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
24There is nothing better for a
man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he
should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from
the hand of God.
We do not know what those who follow after us in this life will do with what we labored for. Will he be a wise man or will he be a fool. All of these things that you have labored to obtain is, but VANITY.
He tells us here in closing that there is nothing better for a man to do than to seek after food and drink that his body may grow in strength that he may grow in service unto God. This is from the had of God that we may serve him on this earth.
Brothers, we are here to serve God, not to serve ourselves or those who come after us.
God bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus.
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