“Then I said in my heart, ‘What happens to the fool will happen to me also.
Why then have I been so very wise?’ And I said in my heart that this also is vanity.
For of the wise as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance,
seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten.”
This statement brings into focus the importance of our motivation, our aim. If our aim is anything less than to know and glorify the Lord, all of our pursuits – however wise they are, however meaningful they seem – will be vanity. None will satisfy. All will leave us still empty.
It is only the pursuit of God’s glory that truly fills us. Because He fills us with Himself. And that strengthens us with fullness of joy and the completeness and purpose for which we long, that we may accomplish the good works He has set before us for the glory of His name. That we may stand fast through trial with endurance and joy, rejoicing in the sure victory that our God will be glorified.
We are His. And our God is magnificent. His purposes will stand, and even the smallest things we do matter when they are done in loving, joyful obedience to the God whom we seek to glorify in all things. Because He sees it. Even if no one else sees or notices, even if everyone forgets and it is eventually lost in the pages of history, your God sees you. He notices. It matters to Him. He delights in you, delights in your faith and your love and your obedience. And He will always remember. You will never be forgotten by the One who has created you, woven you together with intricate intentionality, written all of your days, led you with each step, and who will hold you fast each moment forever.
Not one moment, not one instance of loving sacrifice and obedience for the glory of your Lord will be forgotten. You are precious to Him. Living your life for Him, even in those simple and tiny moments of quiet surrender, is never wasted. He holds them all close because you are loved and He sees it all.
“Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commandments!…
For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.”