As king Solomon looked back on his life he realized that much of what he had done was done in vain.
As he wrote Ecclesiastes he felt that most of his life was wasted. As we study the scripture we will see that much of our own life may have been in vain.
We learn from the scripture that only the labor in the Lord is not in vain.
FUTILITY > Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (KJV)
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
Answer > 1 Corinthians 15:58 - Labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Answer > Revelation 21:1-2 - There will be a new heaven, a new earth, and a New Jerusalem.
Revelation 21:1-2 (KJV)
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Answer > Hebrews 13:8 - Find hope in the unchangeable Christ
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Answer > 1 John 3:1-2 - We shall appear before Him. We shall be like Him!
1 John 3:1-2 (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
New Century Version
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (NCV)
1 These are the words of the Teacher, a son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 The Teacher says, “Useless! Useless! Completely useless! Everything is useless.“
3 What do people really gain from all the hard work they do here on earth?
4 People live, and people die, but the earth continues forever.
5 The sun rises, the sun sets, and then it hurries back to where it rises again.
6 The wind blows to the south; it blows to the north. It blows from one direction and then another. Then it turns around and repeats the same pattern, going nowhere.
7 All the rivers flow to the sea, but the sea never becomes full.
8 Everything is boring, so boring that you don’t even want to talk about it. Words come again and again to our ears, but we never hear enough, nor can we ever really see all we want to see.
9 All things continue the way they have been since the beginning. What has happened will happen again; there is nothing new here on earth.
10 Someone might say, “Look, this is new,“ but really it has always been here. It was here before we were.
11 People don’t remember what happened long ago, and in the future people will not remember what happens now. Even later, other people will not remember what was done before them.
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 (CEV)
1 When the son of David was king in Jerusalem, he was known to be very wise, and he said:
2 Nothing makes sense! Everything is nonsense. I have seen it all— nothing makes sense!
3 What is there to show for all of our hard work here on this earth?
4 People come, and people go, but still the world never changes.
5 The sun comes up, the sun goes down; it hurries right back to where it started from.
6 The wind blows south, the wind blows north; round and round it blows over and over again.
7 All rivers empty into the sea, but it never spills over; one by one the rivers return to their source.
8 All of life is far more boring than words could ever say. Our eyes and our ears are never satisfied with what we see and hear.
9 Everything that happens has happened before; nothing is new, nothing under the sun.
10 Someone might say, "Here is something new!" But it happened before, long before we were born.
11 No one who lived in the past is remembered anymore, and everyone yet to be born will be forgotten too.