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“Grasping For the Wind” (Eccl 3:18-4:12)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012
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“I said in my heart, ‘Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.’ For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other… Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work of man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh. Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind”.

Our time on earth is coming to an end, so let’s enjoy it by faith in Christ, because as the animals die, so will we (Eccl 3:18-22). He says, “All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth? So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?” It isn’t wise to grumble away our years, or to squander them vainly on empty pursuits. Let us use this one life wisely, for our good, by believing upon the Son of God and serving Him faithfully. His will shall content us, if we follow Him. He promises, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim 6:6-8). He will give us peace that surpasses understanding as we obey His teaching (John 14:26-27). Christ is the way to “live it up”, and we’re to enjoy life, amidst our tears.

We will never rest until we’re content with Christ. We read, “Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind” (Eccl 4:6). God says “no” to us often, not because He is stingy and ignorant, but because He knows the BEST THING for us is Himself. We don’t need silver and gold, wine and women, or any of the things that allure us. The God-sized whole in our heart is only filled by possessing Him who rules the world as our Savior, the One who’s covenanted to give all things eternal to us, the One who forgives and accepts us, the One who is with us in the storm. It is impossible to be happy with stuff, because you’ll always want more, so we learn to rejoice in the eternal and unsearchable riches of Christ, having our fill! Gospel knowledge fills us, and we are happy because we have God! Set your mind on the invisible things, and you’ll have contentment in the temporariness of life.

Finally, we need people, the church, and the fellowship of brethren (Eccl 4:9-12). We read, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken”. We are discouraged often, and when alone, we are particularly weak. Therefore, as the saints gather together, God gives extra help, and the Lord is in the midst. He says, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matt 18:19-20).

We need encouragement, rebuke, and we need examples. One person cannot accomplish more than two people united! Therefore, when you’re discouraged, don’t draw back into isolation. Attend to the regular preaching of the gospel and establish yourself in the house of God, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb 10:23-25). God’s designed that His grace would flow through the communal gathering of believers, as one voice prays and others are edified, one preaches and many hear, and the encouragement of fellow laborers with common struggles is revealed. Your brethren know what it is like to suffer. Let them help you, even as you’d use a rope to climb out of a ditch. God’s designed the comfort of the brethren and the scriptures – the ministry and love of others – to be a special means of your salvation. Life is SHORT and then we die. Live it wisely in contentment, joy in Christ, and fellowship with brethren.

Heshimu Colar Heshimu Colar
Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...

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