ecclesiastes

"All is Vanity" Devotional, written by Nick Smith

"All is Vanity" Devotional, written by Nick Smith

So, why? Why do we get up every day? Are we brave enough to ask that question? Brave enough to explore the boundaries of life and the point of it all?

The writer of Ecclesiastes was. But his findings weren’t that encouraging. In the end, he says, it’s all pointless. It’s futile! All is vanity. Generations come and go, but nothing changes. All of the rivers flow into the sea but the sea is never full. The rivers just keep flowing to the same place, over and over. And there is nothing we can do to change that. Lest we disagree, remember this was written by a guy known for having in abundance the two things that usually are able to bring about change: wisdom and wealth. But the  writer of Ecclesiastes is ultimately tearing down to build up. He is demolishing our man-centered worldview and rebuilding a God-centered worldview...

"All is Vanity" Song Story

"All is Vanity" Song Story

I started "All is Vanity" way back in 2011, the first year I began intentionally writing songs from scripture. But, when I went into the studio to record the Blood + the Breath, the song didn’t exactly fit thematically. Years later, I began to see that the new album - what would eventually become a Home & a Hunger - would center on themes of ache and homesickness. So, I circled back to this song and added two things: a last line to the chorus that says “you feel eternity, and it’s beating in your chest. So you know in your soul it’s not all meaningless.” I also added the bridge speaking of restlessness and rest, hunger and fullness....