“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:2
King Solomon was the wisest man in the world, and his kingdom was known for its wealth and affluent grandeur. In spite of this, he believed that life was empty and meaningless outside of knowing God and keeping His Word. There was a time though in Solomon’s life when he experienced great wealth, power, fame, and sensual pleasures; but he remained disillusioned and empty. Our lives aren’t much different than his. We are all born with a void that is in the shape of Jesus and nothing or no one is able to fit into that space, except for Him. Yet, we will search high and low, and deep and wide for things, people, places, entertainment, and so on, to fill that void. It doesn’t happen and never will. Before Solomon died he looked back over his life and saw the spiritual decline that came from the sin of idolatry and self-indulgence. He was sorry for the futile attempt he made to find happiness in the ways he did. Perhaps in his writings he wanted to share his regrets and testimony with us so we would not make the same mistakes he had made. Life IS meaningless, utterly meaningless, apart from the will of God. We must resolve to love God and obey His commands, for this truly is the only way to have life with meaning and purpose.
Dear Heavenly Father: Thank You for showing us Solomon’s life and how sorry he was when he didn’t live for You. Life without You is meaningless and of no value. Forgive me when I take my eyes off You and place them on material things, looking for happiness and fulfillment. Help me to spread the good news of Your love and grace so others might also have purpose in knowing You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Apart from God there’s emptiness and life has no real worth.
So Him I’ll seek and do His will while I am here on earth.
COUNTRY CHICKEN CASSEROLE
3 cups shredded hash brown potatoes
1 (6-ounce) can French fried onions, divided
6 slices American cheese
3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
1 can cream of chicken soup
¾ cup milk
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained (or 1 pound frozen corn)
Mix hash browns and half of the French fried onions together in a baking dish. Lay cheese slices overtop. Spread chicken pieces overtop cheese. Mix soup with milk and pour over chicken; cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Add corn to partially cooked casserole and mix. Bake uncovered for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle remaining French fried onions overtop and bake an additional 5 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.