This is the first post in a series of daily devotionals that are specifically tailored for the season of Lent. Victory’s own Pastor Tim Gerdes will be providing a daily dose of scripture-based thoughts and points for reflection. We hope that these devotions will help you grow closer in your walk with God. All of the daily devotions will be made available on the Victory website. We look forward to taking this spiritual journey through the season of Lent alongside you!
Daily Devotional Series - Day 1
“Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless!” isn’t just a phrase that occurs often in the book of Ecclesiastes (more than 25x) but also in the heart and mind of any individual who is frustrated in life wondering, “What’s the point of it all?!” It could be a kindergartner experiencing homework for the first time when they are used to taking naps. Maybe a student struggling in geometry wondering how much math they will actually use when they “grow-up.” The person who hates their job but needs the paycheck. A marriage that knows more sorrow than joy. The poor envying the rich and the rich envying the poor. The person who has won the race of life only to have outlived their friends. A person who frets about the future or who wallows in regrets for the past.
Ash Wednesday is famous for the phrase, “Dust you are and to dust shall you return,” as ashes in the sign of the cross are etched on foreheads all over the planet. A subtle reminder that every single person is caught in the cycle of life and death. No one escapes it. Beyond our grandchildren, rarely is anyone remembered beyond a twig in the family tree. Weren’t we created for more than that?
Over the next forty days, we are going to explore the book of Ecclesiastes. We will discover ways we try to answer that question only to fall short. It will be a tough journey because it will require some introspection, but in the end, you will learn what it means and how to “Live in the Moment” as we follow the path of Jesus to the cross and through the grace to Easter resurrection.
No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.
Ecclesiastes 1:11 (NIV)