Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
When man trusts in nothing, he receives nothing in return. That is the primary point of Job 15:31. Yet, that is not the only truth being taught. It is also true that people should not trust in anything of little to no value. This would include beauty (Ezekiel 16:15; Proverbs 31:30) and riches (Psalm 62:10). Unfortunately, many in this world have become accustomed to trust in their intellect, beauty, and riches. The end result is borne out in the entertainment and business worlds, but the seeds of this troubling problem usually begin in early childhood. Young people often hear the emphasis placed upon their appearance or education as the primary means of getting the things that these young people want most in life.
- (For children): In his own heart, Paul thought he was serving God (Proverbs 28:26) by trying to do good works and keep God’s laws. He was wrong (Psalm 39:5). The law points us to Christ (Galatians 3:24). Paul realized this later when he got saved (Philippians 3:4-7).
- (For everyone): Do you, in any way, trust in your beauty to get what you want? Do you do this with family, friends, or at work? What true blessings have you received by trusting in vanity?
- What are some other vain things in which people might trust? How do those things bring false results? How does this hurt us over time?
- Ask the Lord to help you realize when you are trusting in vanity.
- Ask God to show you that He is the only One worthy of our trust.