One of my favorite hymns is “Be Thou My Vision”. It’s a song about allowing God to be the only priority in your life. It’s a melody about keeping God closer to your heart than anything else. Every day, in every moment, God is your light. God is your only strength, and in God is the only place your heart can abide fully.
Let nothing else be of importance to you except God’s power and glory. There’s a void in your heart that nothing else can fill except God’s love. Solomon discovered how true that statement is. Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 1:2 that “all is vanity”. After trying out all the world has to offer: wealth, pleasure, and wisdom, Solomon declares all of it is meaningless.
Chasing after the things the world offers will never satisfy you. The relationships, the popularity, the athletic ability, the perfect body, and even the A+ on that math test can’t bring you the true joy that God can. If you never feel satisfied, you’re unhappy, or your heart feels empty, it’s because you’re trying to fill a hole that was only meant for God to fill. If you trust in the world for your fulfillment, you’ll always be hungry, wanting more. When you’ve been working outside in the sun all day and you’re thirsty, you don’t come inside and reach for the cup of coffee over the bottle of water. So, when we’re down, why we do reach for the earthly pleasures over the real true joy from God?
Ecclesiastes 1:14 says “I have seen all things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the destiny of mankind.”
After filling himself with all of the world’s riches and pleasures, Solomon declares that the only place we can find meaning in our life is God. How silly are we to think that as God’s creations, we can find joy in anything but God. Life becomes meaningless when we forget who gave it its meaning. Our joy and our purpose comes from God and his majesty alone.
When your heart is empty and your soul is down, you run to the only place that can restore you: God.