Listen carefully to these words. “The Lord makes the earth empty; and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof.” It sounds like Ecclesiastes. “All is vanity (empty).” Solomon wants to tell us why it is empty and waste, and why the inhabitants feel scattered. They do not seem to be able to make ends meet. They are all at sixes and sevens. You dig the ditch to earn the money to pay for the food to build your body, so you can dig the ditch. That is like a circle that goes round and round. You are apt to say: that is a bit empty. Where does it all lead? We know he speaks of the thing a man should do all the days of the life of this vanity. He wants us to argue against the idea of it. He wants to have an argument about it. And it is the most thrilling argument you will encounter in your life.
It does go somewhere. It does mean something, and we are going to be there when the time comes.