Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
All Is Vanity
“’Vanity of vanities,’ says the Preacher, ‘All is vanity.’” Ecclesiastes 12:8 NKJV
Have you ever paused to think about life and everything that we do? What’s the real value of the things we do, pursue and acquire? We amass so much, but we can’t take them away? We fight so hard for things and then in a short while those same things for which we fought so hard, slandered others, and made enemies, become irrelevant to us.
I’ve been to the mortuary once in my life, in 2011 when my mom died: I saw her body, it was not only lifeless, it was also worthless and useless. I saw other bodies there; I saw a big man’s body, he was naked, and the best that was done for him was to keep him on a separate table, that big man was naked and swollen like everyone else! I saw bodies of young and old; fashion, beauty, wealth, possessions, etc, not even marriage and friendship meant anything to any of them in there! The truth is that they had gone and left everything behind, forever!
What is life? “It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” “As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” “He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue.”
Am I saying that you shouldn’t take care of yourself, acquire properties and strive to achieve your goals? No. I’m just saying put things in proper perspective so that you can know what’s truly important and truly worthy of pursuit. We must learn to be content; we must learn to seek the things that are above more than the things that are here on earth; and we must learn to seek more than anything else, the kingdom of God and His righteousness!