The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:1 NKJV
King David died. His son Solomon ascended to the throne. Solomon’s reign over Israel began with great promise. What happened? Could it happen to us?
David prepared the plans and the materials to build a temple for the Lord. Solomon completed the task. The temple was dedicated with sacrifices befitting the house of God. The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
Solomon asked for an understanding heart to discern between good and evil. God was pleased with Solomon. The Lord gave Solomon more wisdom than any man before or after him. He also gave Solomon incredible wealth and power.
In his youth Solomon’s heart was set steadfastly on serving Almighty God and his people. The splendor of his wisdom and wealth became legendary. His people were amazed. Royalty from kingdoms around the world came to behold Solomon’s glory!
Solomon was in his twilight years when he wrote Ecclesiastes. He looked back and declare life to be, “vanity” and “a chasing after the wind”. He expounded on the brevity of life and uselessness of hard work since others would reap the benefits of it.
Solomon married an Egypt princess and hundreds of other women who worshipped false gods. Solomon also kept three hundred concubines. He set up altars and places for them to worship. They led his heart away from the God of Israel.
Solomon possessed great wisdom. It was not enough for him. The pursuit of knowledge became an obsession. Solomon was more concerned about his wealth and possessions then the welfare of his children. He valued riches and honor above relationship!
In the last chapter of this book Solomon wrote, Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. Solomon heart strayed from the Lord. Solomon wandered through the dry dessert of practical unbelief but found his way back to the God who blessed Him!
The pursuit of riches and pleasure are a snare that draw people away from Jesus today. A life of hedonism is truly a chasing after the wind. It will never satisfy the genuine desire of our heats. That is something only Jesus can do!
The Word of God commands us to seek wisdom. It is a gift from our Heavenly Father. Anything that draws us away from loving relationships with Jesus, our family, and other believers is a vain way of living. Do not seek worldly knowledge. See Godly wisdom!
Much of Solomon’s life was vanity. He did chase after the wind at times. Much of my life was squandered with vain pursuits. I know what it is like to chase after the wind. Perhaps you have chased after the wind in vain pursuits. Turn back to Jesus today!
Fear God. keep His commandments and you will be blessed with Godly wisdom forever!
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