Grasping After The Wind
Seems like an action of futility, doesn't it? Well that observation was made nearly three thousand years ago by one of the wisest men who ever lived. Solomon has been given credit for the writings in the book of Ecclesiastes, and this book uses this phrase nine times.
While wind does have some uses, mankind has failed to control it. Due to the fact that wind blows and man has failed to control it, man has found ways to use the wind. Many ancient ships moved across the water because the wind was captured in its sails. Now, man has turned windmills into electricity producers, and not just pumps to bring water to the surface.
This whole idea of grasping for the wind seems to be an exercise in futility. There are many things around us that it just seems futile to even attempt to change. Politics rub us the wrong way. That system is broken, and everybody knows it is broken, yet it appears that nobody is doing anything about it.
Certainly there are many things that can and should be done, but politicians get in the way and keep things "status quo" which apparently deceives the people who elected them into thinking that they are doing a good job so you need to elect them again. So we elect them again, and still nothing seems to get done of what has been promised to get done.
Something that I am sure bothers God is man's refusal to obey God. And most people in this world do not even care what God feels anyway. As long as they have their fun and do what they want, they could care less if God approves or disapproves of their actions. Many people really do believe that if people would stop their sins, that this world we live in would be a better place. Yet they are not willing to give up their own sins. Such must come to a stop.
Even suggesting such could be construed as grasping after the wind.
Yet when you see the results of the wind, and you can envision the end of the matter, there should be concern on everyone's part. It is true of this generation that they have sown to the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind as we read in Hosea 8:7.
But you do not have to follow the crowd, for that can get us into trouble most of the time. If you will step back and seek the Lord with your whole heart, God will respond with kindness towards you, and based upon your obedience to His will, will shower you with blessings. God has always done that for those who turn to Him and serve Him.
God wants to treat us nicely, and wants us to enjoy blessings. Yet there is a condition to be met in order to receive those blessings. It is called obedience to God's commandments. God promises spiritual blessings because of the faith in Christ and being born again unto a new hope. While God does not really promise physical blessings, we are told that things work together for good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28). Make your time count by seeking the Lord.
By Carey Scott
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