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Friday, November 15, 2019
Daily Devotion: The Conflict (Of a Life with No Meaning)
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Key Verse: Verse 2 – "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity."
Key Words: all is vanity
We read in Ecclesiastes 1:2, “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” As you read these words, does it not sound as one speaking who is living a life without meaning?
Life without meaning is like words without punctuation. Take these fourteen words, for example: that that is is that that is not is not that it it is.
Now punctuate them and they read: that that is, is that that is not. Is not that it? It is.
The significance of these fourteen unpunctuated words is not what they say, but the fact that they say nothing.
Life is that way: unpunctuated, it is monotonous and meaningless. It takes the exclamation points, question marks, periods, and the dashes to make life full of richness and meaning. Life without punctuation is like a piano with only one note, a phone book with one number, a thermostat with only one setting.
The question marks of life may perplex you, the commas may try you, and the periods may momentarily stop you; but all of these are so that life can have meaning. It’s the punctuation marks of life that slow us down and cause us to reflect on what is really important in life: God, family, and the church.
So today, if life has no meaning, you need a punctuation mark to slow you down and let you pause for a moment to think about all the blessings you really do have to be thankful for.
What to do:
✞ Make your life about Christ, for without Him, life is meaningless.
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