The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour, which he taketh under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 (KJV)

Reflection: A sincere heart devoted to God is priceless.

Solomon ascended to the position of king as the son of King David, but because of his sin, Solomon broke peace with God and lost the peace of his conscience. Solomon eventually took an inventory of himself and realized his conduct was dishonorable to God. He also became desirous of redirecting back to God those whom he may have led astray. God has regard for true repentance, and because Solomon acted accordingly, he became the preaching soul, expressing the sentiment recorded in our reference scripture. Every individual needs to take an inventory, ascertain how often they have done things to dishonor God, and do whatever is necessary to be in right standing with the heavenly Father.

What is it that Solomon has to say through the writing of the book of Ecclesiastes?

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. On our daily walks, we must be doers of the Word, not just listeners. We become better at living when we show everyone around us who God is by saying it, telling it, and living it.

In a weekly devotional, Bishop J. Drew Sheard offers Christians a wise, comforting, and inspiring spiritual companion that provides encouraging messages, biblical inspiration, and uplifting stories to remind Christians that life is a journey, not a destination. Within each reflection, Bishop Sheard shares nuggets of wisdom that lead believers down an introspective path within to rehearse daily obedience to God, avoid being caught up in a fleeting moment, live life lovingly unselfishly, treasure their destiny in the Kingdom of God, remember that salvation is the gift of God, and much more.