Lately I’ve been reading through the book of Ecclesiastes. The writer (King Solomon) is so cynical about everything! It’s pretty obvious that he had lost his way late in life. The Bible tells us that this many foreign wives led his heart away from the only true God.
I love this book for many reasons and someday want to do an entire series from this book. Be honest, nothing makes you feel better than to hear wealthy, famous people unhappy! But I also love this book because there is so much that Solomon imparts even in his cynical state that we NEED to hear! This week I thought I would share a few verses that are full of incredible wisdom for our lives.
You might wonder, “How could Solomon, the wisest and wealthiest man to ever live, be miserable?” Over and over he says calls everything in his life “meaningless”.
My take on Solomon’s misery is that because he had been led away from God by worshiping other gods, he lost all fulfillment from life. He learned a hard lesson. All the money, fame and fortune this world has to offer will not make you happy! In fact, it might make you miserable. Perhaps that’s why we hear of celebrities taking their life from incredible depression.
Apparently Solomon realizes this with his final remarks: (Heb 12:13)
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
Are you happy?