Monday, January 4, 2010

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Monday, January 4th, 2010
"I set my heart to seek and explore wisdom." (Ecclesiastes 1:13)

In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon explains that God created an abundance of beautiful things on the earth. However, we can hardly begin to explore God’s creation because our lives are too short. (Ecclesiastes 3:11; 6:12; 8:17) This sobering fact should move us to use our lives wisely. That is no easy task, since Satan’s world may well point us in the wrong direction. To highlight the danger of wasting our lives, Solomon uses the word “vanity” some 30 times in Ecclesiastes. The Hebrew word translated “vanity” refers to something empty, futile, meaningless, of no substance, or of no lasting value. (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 3) Sometimes Solomon uses the word “vanity” as a parallel of “striving after wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14; 2:11) Obviously, any attempt to catch the wind is futile. Pursuing unwise goals will prove to be just as frustrating. Life in this present system is too short to waste on endeavors that leave us empty-handed.
(Watchtower issue: 04/15/08, 5:2-4)