Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Suffering (Part 10)
Burnout: Solomon
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

'Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher.

'Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.'

What do people gain from all their labors

At which they toil under the sun?...

All things are wearisome,

More than one can say.

The eye never has enough of seeing,

Nor the ear its fill of hearing.

What has been done will be done again;

There is nothing new under the sun.

Is there anything of which one can say,

'Look! This is something new?'...

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

What is crooked cannot be straightened;

What is lacking cannot be counted.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-3, 8-10, 14-15 (NIV)
Superstars get sidelined when it hits them. King Solomon wrote Verses about it:

A been-there, done-that, what's-the-point burnout ZZZZ
A tried-it-all, sick-of-it-all boredom @@
A where-can-I-find-joy mid-life crisis >:-@!
A why-am-I-stuck-here career meltdown :-O
A nothing-changes, nothing-helps despair :-⇦br>
When young Solomon began his kingship, he asked his Lord for the gift of wisdom (which God gave him, plus the bonus of wealth). But his desire expanded to ladies, as in one thousand wives and concubines.* When lust beats love and God's Rules are ignored, whatever we're chasing won't satisfy.

In other words, life will lose its luster, and the one who lusts may lose everything.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Lust isn't just about body parts; it's loving anything more than God. It's running a race for other stuff, like wealth, fame, bling, careers or status. And when we run a race without God, then we're running without His power. Therein, burnout should be expected.

But when we race to, for and with God, toward the goals He has commissioned, our burn will be like the burning bush: filled with the flame of God's Own Presence, without any damage from the fire.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: Why did God allow Solomon to have 1,000 wives and concubines?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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