absolutely impermanent


December 2015 (20)Ecclesiastes 1:1-4

1 Words from a collector, a son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 “Absolutely impermanent,” the collector says, “absolutely impermanent, everything is impermanent.” 3 What does a man get for doing all his hard work under the sun? 4 A generation goes, the next generation comes, but the land stays standing for the age.

absolutely impermanent

Solomon had a chance to do it all, and his philosophical conclusion after doing it all was – it does not last. This is where maturity begins. If we lie to ourselves and pretend that we are immortal and that we can accomplish something that will never crumble into dust, we are not there yet.

The illusion of permanence drives most of us, as it drove Solomon most of his life. He kept collecting a kingdom full of buildings, piles of money, employees, even relationships! Nothing satisfied his thirst for permanence. Solomon does not deny that permanence is possible. He just denies that it is possible in this life, here under the sun. If we want something more, we have to look to God. He is the only permanence.

LORD, we choose to establish and nurture our relationship with you, because it is the only thing that will last.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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