Futility and vanity are difficult to swallow, thus Solomon turned to the world to satisfy his soul. Yet, he found nothing in sin or wandering from God but more vexation, vanity, and grief. He says, “Absolute futility,’ says the Teacher. ‘Absolute futility. Everything is futile ( Ecclesiastes 1:2)." The earth is cursed, and we are cursed because of sin to suffer and spin our wheels, to labor and see little fruit, and to see our dreams smashed against the rocks of reality, as death chases us down! God said, “You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground, since you were taken from it. For you are dust, and you will return to dust (Gen 3:19).” It’s a hard life, and there’s nothing easy about it, unless we’re deceived and doing Satan’s bidding; it is hard to be saved and continue in the faith. Our Lord, said, “How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it (Matt 7:14).”
The remedy is to cast yourself upon God and bring all trouble to Him. Peter says, “Casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.” He knows your need, and He is the Helper, helping all who cannot help themselves.
Are you frustrated? Tell Him. Full of hopelessness? Let Him know. Do you desire what you cannot obtain, even contentment and power to rejoice? God knows the need of the needy, and He is the Provider of everything! Do not doubt Him and say, “You are not worth it. I will serve sin.” Instead, come to Him, confessing the temptation, despair, and heartache, trusting Him to be a promise keeping God. He told Paul, “My strength is made perfect in weakness”, so when we’re reduced to nothing, He steps in and makes us see His sufficiency, which is His ability to give joy, power, and meaning… His ability to make us content, fruitful, and thankful (2 Cor 12:9). These promises are real.
If we don’t believe, then we’ll wear out, play the hypocrite, and then we’ll go on to depression, suicide, or uselessness! We’ll turn from Him, unless we believe that He’s worth turning to.
Yes, you MUST seek Him daily, and some days or seasons are easier, while others are very trying, as you feel abandoned in spirit; It is not true, you are not forsaken, and the peace and joy are not only promised but fulfilled in everyone who trusts Christ, confessing our despair. Paul says adamantly, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with Thanksgiving [for all you have in Christ], present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:6-7).”
You can do nothing about your condition! You can’t watch enough tv, or spend enough time on the kids and the world: You must come to Christ to be healed of the curse that’s in your flesh.
In Esther 8, the Queen prevailed upon the King to get help for Israel, yet he refused to annul his command that they be destroyed. Instead, “The king’s edict gave the Jews in each and every city the right to assemble and defend themselves, to destroy, kill, and annihilate every ethnic and provincial army hostile to them, including women and children, and to take their possessions as spoils of war (vs11).” It is the same with us: God has not taken away the curse of the flesh, but He’s given us the Spirit, no condemnation, and the promise that He’ll give us victory, as we turn to Him, believing the gospel. Believe, Heshimu… believe, poor sinner… believe, if you’re reading these words, and deal honestly with your need and the only Remedy there is.