DEVOTIONAL: Earthly Striving & Worthwhile Eternal Endeavors, Spiritual Frustration or Satisfaction

1 Corinthians 15:1-10

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;

4 And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:

5 And that He was seen of Cephas, then of the Twelve:

6 After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7 After that, He was seen of James; then of all the Apostles.

8 And last of all He was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Ecclesiastes 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.

VANITIES

Have any of you been frustrated before because something you did seemed useless? Have you cleaned up the house, only to turn around and find it an absolute mess?

Whenever I had carpeted floors, I always thought hardwoods would be cleaner and easier to manage, not necessarily! It seems as though I sweep room by room and by the time I finish, the point where I started needs attention again! (Shedding dogs not recommended!)

It is funny (although I know I am being bad), watching my granddaughter, Katherine, “help” her mother do laundry. I have witnessed on Skype as Courtney takes the basket from room to room, collecting clothes, only to have Katherine pull things right back out and put socks and whatever she can grab all over the floor.

How about loading and starting the dishwasher or washing machine, only to find a stray glass, utensil or dirty sock?

I remember my Mom hanging clothes on the line when I was young and asking me to bring them in after school. Well, as a procrastinating teenager, I did not see any real need to collect the clothes immediately. I knew that when I heard her car pull in the driveway, I could skirt down the back stairs and throw them into the basket so she would e none the wiser. As I sat there watching tv, I heard a rumble that was not the garage door, it was thunder. It started pouring rain and all our clothes were soaking wet. Mom’s hard work, washing and then hanging them were for naught!

Finally I will tell you a story about a little boy who sat at the table with his parents one night at dinner. I watched this unfold before me and I could barely eat my dinner because it just broke my heart.

Sometimes the Lord will bring this back to my memory to use as an example or to remind me of something He wants me to know.

The little fellow must have been anywhere from 6 to 8 years old. He was attempting to talk to his mom. She was busy on her cell phone and every now and then answered something her husband said, without even glancing up at him.

When the young man found that he could not get Mom’s attention, he leaned over and started talking to his dad who was much too involved watching a game on tv to engage with his son.

They were not that far away, so I could hear what the little boy was saying. He was telling his seemingly uncaring parents about his day and how he had done really well on his test and that the teacher was very happy he had made such an improvement.

This child was trying to please the parents and all he seemed to do did not appear to make a difference. It was so cute and yet sad that even though they were not paying attention to what he was saying, he kept telling them anyway. I never heard any praise or acknowledgement.

When he finished, the boy sat there, maybe hoping to hear something resembling approval. When that didn’t happen, he just shrugged his little shoulders, picked up his handheld game, and started playing.

What are we striving to accomplish? Are we trying to get our house in pristine condition? Is there someone we hope to impress? When we reach one goal, we know there are many, equally, if not more important to us to fulfill. Our lives are in a perpetual state of effort.

It can be so emotionally, spiritually and physically draining, just realizing that we are compelled to strive, and for what? For people or things incapable of satisfying us!

Take courage! Of all things we do, we can take comfort that our faith and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ is not in vain!

Prayer

Almighty God

We give thanks for this day Your have given us

Your Word shows us the frustrations generations faced before us

Working and striving for things of no consequence

You show us that our faith in You, O God

Is the only thing we have of real and genuine value

Placing our hope in Jesus Christ for our salvation

Is not done in vain

Ney, it reaps great reward!

Praise to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Worthy, Worthy, Worthy is the Lamb!

In the Name of Jesus,

AMEN

songs:

“Holy,Holy, Holy”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iK0Miq2xNo

“Revelation Song”

“Seek Ye First”

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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