Vanity is an empty life

The other day I saw a policeman handcuff a young man next to Love Joy Methodist Church.

Something that apart from knowing God will lead to discouragement has become a daily routine in that neighborhood nowadays, and it is a shame. I have been reading about King Solomon, who was Israel's richest king. You can read about Solomon in Ecclesiastes.

The key word in Ecclesiastes is the word "vanity," which means the emptiness of trying to be happy apart from God.

Solomon's big mistake was that he depended on his great wisdom alone apart from a vibrant walk with God. We were made for an intimate relationship with God, and pursuing anything apart from Him will lead to discouragement. The young man that was arrested the other day must be traveling down the wrong road in his life.

I told a young man tonight that all of us sometime find ourselves with the wrong crowd, which can lead us to prison. I told him that my mom would tell me if I run around with the wrong crowd and they get caught doing something against the law and I was with them I would be arrested also. I found myself at times with the wrong crowd and my mom's words come back into my mind and I made sure I left their company.

This much I have come to know, and that is God gives us all things to enjoy, "but He warns us not to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God" and urges us to "be rich in good works, ready to give." (1 Timothy 6:17,18) The life of "vanity" is an empty life from which broken homes come from. Such a lifestyle will only lead to such a person hating life. A man is to enjoy and drink the good of all his honest labor. 

Randall Harrison


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