Other reading: Ecclesiastes Chapter 2
Ages ago… or months ago anyway… I wrote a post about the first chapter of Ecclesiastes. You can read that post here. I have loved reading through Ecclesiastes. I’m only now getting a chance to write more on it.
For this post I’ll focus on this passage:
Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 NASB
Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Striving. Vanity. Wealth. Fame. Fortune. Popularity.
But what’s it worth?
Matthew 16:26 NASB
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
It’s believed that Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon.
King Solomon is thought to be the wisest and richest man to have lived in the Old Testiment. He was a very wise ruler. But he had some maajjjoooorrrr weaknesses.
He lost his soul.
What were his weakness?
In chapter 2 verse 10 as I quoted at the top, he confesses that he didn’t withhold anything from himself that he wanted. Women, riches… his reflections through Ecclesiastes expose his defeat. The emptiness of his worldly desires, as filled as they were. The man had everything but destroyed himself. He liked women. The women showed him their idols, their gods. And Solomon did not remain faithful and true to the God who first gave him the wisdom and riches in the first place.
Can God trust you with richest? With fame?
If He can’t, well then be thankful you don’t have it. If it would only serve to consume you, swallow you whole, and destroy you and any character you have then it isn’t worth it.
It isn’t worth it.
But, if you are one that God can trust. To funnel kingdom finance through, to take care of widows and orphans (see James 1:27), to use your voice to speak for the mute (see Proverbs 31:8), well then, show yourself faithful. Because who is faithful with little will be faithful with much (Luke 16:10).
Can God trust you?
Be someone God can trust. At the beginning of the race, and more importantly at the end. Do not live for vanity, for what doesn’t last. Live for what is eternal.
What have you done that is lasting? What have you done today that is lasting?
Prayer, real prayer, that pulls Heaven to earth is the best place to start.
Before I sign off, I want to speak to the attack in London, England that happened today. My thoughts and prayers are with the families that have lost loved ones. What an unthinkable, horrible, day in London. May Jesus comfort you in this terrible time. Read the story here from the bbc website.