Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 22, 2013

September 22, 2013 “Chasing After the Wind”

“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2: 24-26)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day Everyone!

One of the earlier influences in my musical life was a songwriter from “Across the pond” named Donovan Leitch, better known simply as “Donovan”. In the 1960’s. Donovan wrote a song that gained some measure of popularity here in the states during the time of folk music’s popularity called “Catch The Wind”. The song spoke of the futility of chasing after an unattainable dream…in his case…a desired love.     In today’s scripture passage, the writer of Ecclesiastes also addresses the subject of futility…in this case, not the futility of chasing after unattainable love, but the futility of living a life apart from God. At first glance, it may seem as though Solomon is telling us that we may as well just live life as if it were a fleeting party. As we look deeper, however, we discover that he is encouraging us to derive pleasure from our current circumstances and to enjoy the life God has given us.  True enjoyment in life comes only from following God’s guidelines for living. Without Him, satisfaction truly is like trying to “catch the wind.” Those who really know how to enjoy life are those that understand each day is a gift from a loving God. They thank Him for it and seek to serve Him in it. On the other hand, those without God will have no relief from toil and no direction to guide them through life’s complications. learn to take delight in each new day, remembering to thank God for it, for, truly, “This is the day the Lord has made. let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Let’s pray!

O Lord; as we come to this new day, may we find and experience the joy that You have planned for us as we journey through it. Keep us from senseless “chasing of the wind”, and make us wise in our understanding that goodness and true happiness are to be found in You alone. This we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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