Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 26, 2015

“behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now it came about at the end of the twenty years in which Solomon had built the house of the Lord and his own house that he built the cities which Huram had given to him, and settled the sons of Israel there.

Then Solomon went to Hamath-zobah and captured it.  He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage cities which he had built in Hamath.  He also built upper Beth-horon and lower Beth-horon, fortified cities with walls, gates and bars;  and Baalath and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the cities for his chariots and cities for his horsemen, and all that it pleased Solomon to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon, and in all the land under his rule.”  2 Chronicles 8:1-6.

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Solomon accomplished much, but Solomon later reflected on his accomplishments and stated:  “Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 2:11.

“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;  …  then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.  “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”  Ecclesiastes 12:1 and 7-8.

“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is:  fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”    Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

Other doctrine is wrapped up in man’s alleged free-will and man’s accomplishments.

But, Reformed Doctrine is wrapped up in God’s will and God’s accomplishments.  We see this focus on God in “TULIP”, The Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”.


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