Feeling Sorry For The Wise Man

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Ecclesiastes 1:2

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”


The “Wise Man,” King Solomon, opens his sermon book by establishing that a thing in itself is meaningless, inasmuch as it is like a vapor or a wind that is here one moment and gone the next.


The Wise Man in another translation calls things or stuff VANITY. Here we see the word translated as Meaningless. There’s no doubt that The Wise Man, at the end of his life, had tried IT ALL! He discovered that the more he sought to please himself, the more it vaporized before his eyes. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could satisfy, so that in the end this Wanderer returned to what he knew he’d forgotten. “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (12:13b). The Wise Man knew this from the start, but like so many spent an inordinate amount of time searching the Meaningless side streets of life for self gratification. It leaves me “Feeling Sorry For The Wise Man.”


Dear Jesus,

You’ve kept me this far. With Your help, there’ll be no Side Streets for me. Amen

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