What's In Your Wallet?

12 In the few days of our meaningless lives, who knows how our days can best be spent? Our lives are like a shadow. Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone?
— Ecclesiastes 6:12

What's in your wallet? It is almost impossible to turn on the television without hearing Samuel L. Jackson pose this question. Of course, Mr. Jackson is pitching a credit card so we can buy more "things". Then he promises that we can use our points to get even more "things". The book of Ecclesiastes asks essentially the same question. The difference is that the questions posed to us in Ecclesiastes are heart and soul searching questions intended to lead us to the ultimate realization that our existence is utter futility without God. Who knows how our days can be best spent?

Eugene Patterson (author of The Message Bible) describes Ecclesiastes as a "John the Baptist kind of book." It is repentance and purging. It is the raw, unfiltered tour of the life of Solomon- the wisest man on earth who still allowed fame and fortune (and hundreds of concubines) to separate him from God. In his separation, he began to realize that everything, everything was meaningless without God. Nine times he describes life as spitting into the wind! Solomon realized that all of our earthy goals, when sought as an end to themselves and not as a kingdom path, lead only to disillusionment. Eugene Patterson says it this way : " It is an expose and rejection of every arrogant and ignorant expectation that we can live our lives by ourselves on our terms." We can't!! To do so leads to emptiness. It's like spitting in the wind!

Fortunately, if we read to the end of Ecclesiastes, we find that Solomon circles back to truth. Ecclesiastes 12:13 says "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. "

So, what's in your wallet? It really doesn't matter. In fact, it is meaningless! Who is in your heart? That is the question that holds the key to a satisfying life. "And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world and lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" --Jesus

Father- Help me to live for you and for you only. I pray that my daily pursuits are the pursuit of you and a life that fears and honors your ways. Thank you for salvation and a life that is eternal.  

Gail Moulds