I almost passed right by this picture without seeing it. Yes, it’s artsy but there is a little detail easy to miss. The stairs lead nowhere! Perhaps, there was once a door at the top, but no longer. I think I would be plenty irritated to expend that energy climbing for no good reason. How awful to finally get to the top of a long flight of stairs, only to find that there is nothing there!
It must have been with this same sentiment that Solomon wrote today’s verse. What ever is the point of all the striving, working and toil man goes through all of his life? If at the end of the climb one finds no satisfaction in reaching the goal, than life can seem a cruel joke. But that is exactly the case if the Lord is left out of the picture. Everything, even the most admirable success, is meaningless. Climbing the ladder to wealth, prestige and security means nothing in the end. At the end of life, a hard-earned fortune gets passed down until it dwindles away to nothing (verse 21).
I cannot imagine saying on my death bed, “I wish I had worked more.” I would hope that I would say, “I wish I had loved and served Him more.” Living for my Creator is the only life that makes sense to me. My strife, toil and work when done for Him gives it eternal value. Anxious striving for my own selfish desires proves empty in the end. “Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Lord, keep me focused on living and working for You!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)