|“…God’s work is found in individuals, not institutions. … God’s Church is comprised of those in whom He has done an eternal work of regeneration, a work that He alone can do.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2
God endowed King Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, with what most people covet. He was rich, smart, and he was king. From this favored position he ran an experiment to see if all of this could give him a sense of purpose and fulfillment. He gives his conclusion at the beginning of the book: “All is vanity.” The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Solomon tells us what it is not; it is not the pursuit of wisdom, pleasure, honor, or riches.
Solomon does not spend much effort telling us how to avoid a life of vanity. He closes Ecclesiastes with the admonition that knowing that we must face God in judgment for all we do on earth, we should fear God and keep His commandments.315 Woven through the book he tells us that there are two things we cannot know apart from God revealing them to us. First, that history is linear rather than cyclical. Reincarnation comes from a cyclical view of history, ensuring the absence of any meaningful judgment, for in what you fail in this life you can make up the next time through. Second, that there is purpose in travail and sorrow. A personal God who controls all ensures that this is so. Since these two truths are sure, you should order your life accordingly, rather than pursue vanity.
315 cf. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Psalm 120-122 1 Corinthians 9 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 9
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