6-WEEK GIVING CHALLENGE
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 // DAY 35
“I said to myself, ‘Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.’ And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:16-17 (NASB)
Known as a brilliant philosopher, Thomas Hobbes concluded that people were motivated by “a perpetual and restless desire for power.” Born in 1588 in England, he came to distrust democracy.
Convinced by his conclusions, he believed that society needed strong leadership. His ideas helped shape the political culture of his time. They have continued to be influential in the realms of politics, the military, education, and business throughout the past four centuries.
Instead of looking to God, he believed that morality was an illusion and that every person was his own judge. Hobbes wrote, “Seeing there are no signs nor fruit of religion but in man only, there is no cause to doubt but that the seed of religion is also only in man.” He felt that “good, and evil, are names that signify our appetites, and aversions.”
Throughout history, many have been like Hobbes, confident in themselves, trusting their conclusions. Like Hobbes, many have thought that strong leaders are necessary to solve the world’s problems.
Like the preacher in Ecclesiastes, many seem to think they can find satisfaction through power. But, in the end, the Bible warns that all their human effort is merely chasing the wind. Only God can provide lasting satisfaction and meaning, and solutions that really work.
In your life, don’t waste your life chasing the wind, or trusting in the passing things of this world. Remember. Only God can give you true fulfillment and joy. Only He can provide lasting peace and the answers you need. Trust in Him, and spend your life pleasing and serving Him.