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Evening Devotional For
Thursday December 2, 2021
Time: 5:11 PM PST
"Behold, all is vanity." --Ecclesiastes 1:14
Nothing can satisfy the entire man but the Lord's love and the Lord's own
self. Saints have tried to anchor in other roadsteads, but they have been driven
out of such fatal refuges. Solomon, the wisest of men, was permitted to make
experiments for us all, and to do for us what we must not dare to do for
ourselves. Here is his testimony in his own words: "So I was great, and
increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom
remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I
withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and
this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my
hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all
was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun."
"Vanity of vanities, all is vanity." What! the whole of it vanity? O favoured
monarch, is there nothing in all thy wealth? Nothing in that wide dominion
reaching from the river even to the sea? Nothing in Palmyra's glorious palaces?
Nothing in the house of the forest of Lebanon? In all thy music and dancing, and
wine and luxury, is there nothing? "Nothing," he says, "but weariness of
spirit." This was his verdict when he had trodden the whole round of pleasure.
To embrace our Lord Jesus, to dwell in His love, and be fully assured of union
with Him--this is all in all. Dear reader, you need not try other forms of life
in order to see whether they are better than the Christian's: if you roam the
world around, you will see no sights like a sight of the Saviour's face; if you
could have all the comforts of life, if you lost your Saviour, you would be
wretched; but if you win Christ, then should you rot in a dungeon, you would
find it a paradise; should you live in obscurity, or die with famine, you will
yet be satisfied with favour and full of the goodness of the Lord.
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