Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!
"Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away!" 1 Corinthians 7:31
Sorrow attends worldly joy,
danger attends worldly safety,
loss attends worldly labors,
tears attend worldly purposes.
As to these things . . .
men's hopes are vain,
their sorrow is certain,
and their joy is artificial.
The apostle calls this world a sea of glass — a sea for the trouble of it, and glass for the brittleness and bitterness of it.
Saving faith makes a man see . . .
the prickles that are in every rose,
the thorns that are in every crown,
the poison that is in the golden cup,
the spot that is in the shining pearl.
And thus a Christian counts and calls all these things, as indeed they are, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!" Ecclesiastes 1:2
"The world is passing away, along with its desires; but the one who does the will of God lives forever!" 1 John 2:17