I have a couple verses to share:
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-9
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?”
I believe that there is nothing more to be added to these verses, it is so simply and perfectly said: All is vanity. There is no work under the sun that will remain forever or is worthy to lose a life-time on. But since this world is not going to change, which is described in the bible, Mark 13:8 “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.” Then the vanity will also get worse and worse.
This world develops really fast. Who develops it? It is the spirit of vanity that lives in the hearts of people. Things must get done, but what is the most efficient way to get them done? And to get things done, I need other things to be done. What do I need to know and where do I get the information from? What do I need and whom should I ask for advice? Where should I go and for how long? How much money does it cost? Do I need help? Who can help me? Will I encounter problems? If so how can I fix them? When it is finally done, do I need a confirmation paper so that other people will know that it is done legally? Where do I get this confirmation? Where is the office that gives me that confirmation? Now I need to keep this paper safely in a folder, where do I get one? What color should it be?
And so, people keep running and running without ever reaching the finish line.
With more time, there will be no rest, because there are too many goals to achieve, too many ideas to discover and the never-ending problems. Mothers will no longer love their children, money has already been ruling for a long time, wars will continue and get worse and worse, natural disasters will have a bigger and worse impact on this world, people will suffer endlessly. This list is not going to end, and as a Christian I have no doubt in this.
When I read Ecclesiastes, I am happy to not see myself in this vanity, not anymore.
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; […] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:13, 16). If it is written so, then there must be a power to make us completely free from this vanity, which starts in the heart: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
Time will come to an end, and so will our earthly life. But eternity will never end…