Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
The Vanity Of Vanities
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.
Psalm 127:1 (NAS)
'Vanity of vanities,' says the Preacher, 'all is vanity' (Ecclesiastes 12:8). The 'Preacher' is King Solomon, the wisest man in the world and the son of King David. He is not speaking against superficial appearances, but superficial work.

Superficial work is 'busyness' without the direction of God. 'Behold, the peoples labor to feed the fire, and nations weary themselves in vain' (Habakkuk 2:13).

Superficial thought is over-thinking. 'Be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body' (Ecclesiastes 12:12).

In my B.C. life, I considered myself 'smart' and industrious--living in unrelenting busyness, believing worldly accomplishments to be the hallmarks of a successful life.

Today I stand at the window of a high-rise hotel seeing thousands of cars and people running toward this, that, and the other. Looking back on my short A.D. years (after the death of self in surrender to Jesus), I agree with King Solomon in his cry-out about the vanity of vanities.

Unless God gives you a calling and an action plan--and actually does the work through you--your busyness is absolutely meaningless. You are losing precious time and joy.

Do you believe He doesn't care about your smallest ideas? Think again. He knows the number of hairs on your head. Read Exodus, Leviticus or Numbers to be amazed at God's attention to detail. Consider the diversity of His creations.

Do you question whether He has time to consider your dreams? Stop wondering. Stop wandering. It is His delight to fulfill 'the desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:4). Slow down and ask Him.

Seek His will in every dream, thought, purchase, activity, relationship, audition, song, dance, script and job.

The vanity of meaningless busyness will be replaced with the joy of a life well-lived.

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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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