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Young Solomon was a guy out
for a good time--a real party animal. His father was the king and he followed
in his dad's footsteps, and became king himself. Not bad work if you can
When you are the king, you
can do pretty much what you want to do. Solomon decided to live the "good
life." He spent all of his time and energy searching for the ultimate
good time. His search for pleasure left him empty.
Next, he turned to the bottle,
trying to find relief from his disappointment. He had access to the finest
wines and he drank them. He didn't get any relief and judged his time in
the bottle as a foolish way to live.
Solomon got pretty serious
after he turned from wine and pleasure seeking. He threw himself into his
work. He built huge homes and gardens and worked hard at being king. His
kingdom increased and became greater than any other king before him, but
his accomplishments didn't bring him any satisfaction.
Here is Solomon's thoughts:
"So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink
and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is
from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?"
(Eccles. 2:24-25 NLT)
If we are wise, we will learn
from "the wisdom of Solomon." Solomon concluded that it is better
to remember God.
"Remember now thy Creator
in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw
nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;" (Eccles. 12:1
we pursue the "good life" or the "God life?" Solomon's
final conclusion was that we should: "Fear God and obey his commands,
for this is the duty of every person. God will judge us for everything
we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad." (Eccles.
Take a moment to consider
the direction of your life. Prayerfully, consider if you are spending your
time and energies on the right things.