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How is life futile?

Psalm 89:47Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!

Job 7:6-7My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle flying back and forth. They end without hope. O God, remember that my life is but a breath, and I will never again experience pleasure.

Job 14:1-2How frail is humanity! How short is life, and how full of trouble! Like a flower, we blossom for a moment and then wither. Like the shadow of a passing cloud, we quickly disappear.

Psalm 39:4-5Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. My life is no longer than the width of my hand. An entire lifetime is just a moment to you; human existence is but a breath.

Ecclesiastes 6:12In the few days of our empty lives, who knows how our days can best be spent? And who can tell what will happen in the future after we are gone?

Isaiah 40:6-7A voice said, “Shout!” I asked, “What should I shout?” “Shout that people are like the grass. Their beauty fades as quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people.

James 4:14How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

The span of life is brief, so it may appear futile. But even a brief life, invested wisely for the Lord, brings eternal purpose and reward (Matthew 25:23, Matthew 19:31).

Psalm 103:15-16Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here.

Ecclesiastes 1:11We don’t remember what happened in those former times. And in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.

Ecclesiastes 2:16For the wise person and the fool both die, and in the days to come, both will be forgotten.

Ecclesiastes 9:5The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered.

The dead are often forgotten over time, but their lives leave a heritage that leads others to wisdom or foolishness.

Psalm 39:6We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend.

Psalm 127:2It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Habakkuk 2:13Has not the Lord Almighty promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain!

James 1:11The hot sun rises and dries up the grass; the flower withers, and its beauty fades away. So also, wealthy people will fade away with all of their achievements.

Apart from God, our endeavors are futile and will ultimately amount to nothing.

Psalm 94:11The Lord knows people’s thoughts, that they are worthless!

1 Corinthians 3:19-20For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “God catches those who think they are wise in their own cleverness.” And again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are worthless.”

Romans 1:21Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused.

Ephesians 4:17-18With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him.

Jeremiah 48:29-30“We have heard of the pride of Moab, for it is very great. We know of her loftiness, her arrogance, and her haughty heart. I know about her insolence,” says the Lord, “but her boasts are false; they accomplish nothing.”

Our thoughts and attitudes can be futile, unless they are guided by Christ.

Jeremiah 17:5This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord.”

Psalm 60:11Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.

Psalm 146:3-4Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When their breathing stops, they return to the earth, and in a moment all their plans come to an end.

Isaiah 2:22Stop putting your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. How can they be of help to anyone?

Isaiah 30:1-5“Destruction is certain for my rebellious children,” says the Lord. “You make plans that are contrary to my will. You weave a web of plans that are not from my Spirit, thus piling up your sins. For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt to find help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh for his protection. But . . . he will not help you even one little bit.”

Isaiah 31:1-3Destruction is certain for those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their cavalry and chariots instead of looking to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

Lamentations 4:17We looked in vain for our allies to come and save us, but we were looking to nations that could offer no help at all.

Our misplaced confidences are futile. Sometimes, people break their promises, or overpromise, or circumstances change and they are no longer able to help. We should rely on God to direct our paths, to lead us to the allies he has chosen for us, and to watch over us when all human help fails.