Eccl 12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
Eccl 12:8 Everything is useless!
The Teacher says that everything is useless. NCV
Before we move to the concluding topics of the Book of Ecclesiastes, consider this verse once more. Evangelist Felix Crowder preached at my home church Sunday morning and asked an intriguing question: “Have you ever woke up in the morning and just felt dirty in your spirit? You didn’t do anything wrong but just felt like you had something dirty on you.” He mentioned that because of these perverted times, there is filth in the air. This world has experienced spiritual decay and we can feel the effects of it. Solomon was not depressed about aging when he spoke of the vanity (“vanity” appears 33 times in Ecclesiastes) of life under the sun, but just faced the reality of the human experience apart from God. It is filthy here. It is vanity. It is painful. It is discouraging, disappointing, despairing, depressing…and many other “d” words. But what Solomon makes so clear in his journal is that men were created with a great emptiness inside of them that cries out—no, it SCREAMS out—for fulfillment. Until man cries out for God to fill his soul, he will continue to cry out, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” We can try 10,000 different things to satisfy that cry of our soul but we must REMEMBER NOW thy Creator. Take decisive action in God’s direction. Only then can vanity transform into sanity for humanity.