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With the horrors of Coronavirus, we’re all compelled to search for what will save us.
America, once dubbed as the world’s richest and most powerful country, is in utter devastation.
Leading the world in terms of millions of number of Covid cases and deaths, it finds itself helpless and unable to control the spread of the virus.
The WHO (World Health Organization) states that, even with a vaccine, the Coronavirus is “here to stay.” It too is lost on how to lead and save the nations from the killing fields of the virus.
The writer of Ecclesiastes was in despair too and searched for what will save him. He tried through grand work and research projects, pleasure and possessions, and philosophical inquiry. (Ecclesiastes 2: 1-16)
And his assessment?
“All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (v. 17). None of the things he searched and found is immune to death, disease, disaster, or injustice (5:13–17).
Only One brings the writer of Ecclesiastes back from despair and hopelessness.
He writes, “for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” (2:25), “Remember your Creator” (12:1), and “fear God and keep His commandments” (12:13).
Despite life’s trials and the uncertainty of our future because of the Coronavirus, we can find fulfillment when God is at the center of our living and working through it.
Without Him, we chase after the wind.
Our efforts just seek through things that won’t last. They lead only to perpetual frustration, failure, and disillusionment.
Don’t waste time figuring it all out.
Lean on the only One who truly saves.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us ... that the creation itself will also be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the children of God.” (Romans 8: 18, 21)