Vanity of Vanity : Guest Post Written By Lauren Hereford

I’ve heard it repeated over and over again, whether from celebrities in the media, or lost family and friends…life is pointless. What’s the point? You’re going to wake up tomorrow and do the same thing you did today, in an endless recession, until the day you die and are forgotten. There are some truly sorrowful quotes from famous men and women when they are dying, as they look back over the lives they lived and see nothing gained.

Ecclesiastes is a fascinating book written by King Solomon. I read a Psalm every morning and every night. David’s are my favorite, you can tell the difference in his writing without looking to see if it’s one of his psalms. I read a Proverb every morning, corespondent to the day, it’s the perfect book for that as there’s 31 chapters, you can read it through each month. What a difference there was between David and his son! Solomon was wise, to be sure, but David was a man after God’s own heart.

I can see a similar difference between the lost and dying world, wise in their own conceit, and my brothers and sisters in Christ. The lost are busy about the world, earning as much as they can, whether it’s followers on social media or numbers on a digital bank account. If the lost consider death it’s without hope, assurance, or confidence. All is vanity. What do we see when we consider the meaning of life, beloved?

I consider the highest purpose of my life to be the gathering of glory for God. Giving Him glory in every circumstance! Winning souls for Christ, praying for the lost, encouraging the brethren, praying and studying are all done for the glory of God. Everyday that I am able to bow my knee and come before the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of lords is a day beyond the measure of my understanding. Oh, what a hope we have in Jesus! Once upon a time all was vanity, vanity of vanities! My goal was just to get as much sinful pleasure out of my day as possible, what a futile life. But by the grace of God, I now have hope, assurance, and confidence in the face of the great equalizer; death.

This is something we can not keep to ourselves, dear friends! Our great hope, the purpose of life, the glory of God, makes us salt and light. We have this in common though, with the world, that we were once like them. What a spring board that is for sharing the Gospel with the lost! Humanity marches to the beat of that drum, vanity of vanities, all is vanity, as they march themselves into the judgement of God. Stand in someone’s way this weekend, beloved brethren, and share the straight and narrow. Be prepared to give an answer for the hope you have inside you. And as always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.


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