Topic: From Vanity Into Darkness
TEXT: Ecclesiastes 6:1-6(NKJV)
6 There ais an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2 A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, bso that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; cyet God does not give him power to eat of it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil 1affliction.
3 If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or dindeed he has no burial, I say that ea 2stillborn child is better than he—4 for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness. 5 Though it has not seen the sun or known anything, this has more rest than that man, 6 even if he lives a thousand years twice—but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one fplace?
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 3 November 2021
The “Preacher” in this chapter comes up with what he calls “another evil under the sun” (v.1). Though he concluded Chapter 5 by saying that enjoyment is a gift of God (5:19-20); here he makes the point that wealth, honour and family do not necessarily bring joy (vv. 2-3.) In fact, a still-born child is better off than a person who has all these things and whose perspective of life is limited to what takes place under the sun” (like “good burial”).
While wealth and other life’s goods are gifts from God (1 Tim. 6:17), the Scripture admonishes us in sundry places not to put our hope in them because they are simply described as “vanity, “and building our hope in them is moving from vanity to darkness (v.4). There is a saying that money can buy a bed, but cannot buy sleep. Money can afford us the good things of life, but real happiness and joy come through a genuine relationship with Jesus. Make Him your Lord and Master today and you shall experience true happiness.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father I have realised that true joy and happiness come from You alone. Help me to put my trust in you alone all the days of my life. Amen.
Daily Fountain Quote of the Day
“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” – Corrie Ten Boom
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 3 November 2021 Message. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England.