July 9 Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes Chapters 1-3
"Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun." (Eccl 2:10-11)
King Solomon had everything that any man or woman could dream of having in this world. Not only did he have godly wisdom but God also granted to him both riches and honor (1 Kings 3:12-13; 2 Chron. 1:11-12). In fact, he had everything that this world could offer him, incl. pleasure, laughter, wine, wisdom, houses, gardens, money, possessions, music, and servants. He also had about 700 wives and 300 concubines. However, he soon realized that they were all in vain (Eccl. 2:11). He understood that lasting satisfaction does not come from possessing tangible things like money, material goods, projects, entertainment and work.
Solomon also understood that pleasure is vain (2:1–3), as are human accomplishments (2:4–11). Houses, gardens, reservoirs, a house full of servants, herds and flocks, silver and gold, professional musicians for entertainment—all fail to yield satisfaction. Solomon’s kingly office afforded him anything he wanted, but he always wanted more and did not get the satisfaction that he wanted.
Let us understand that happiness in our lives do not arise not from the situation in which we are placed or from the worldly pleasures that we have. It is only through Jesus Christ that lasting joy can be attained!