I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.
How many people go by the attitude of eat drink and be merry? After their partying, or being thrill seekers or laughing at movies, isn’t there still an emptiness in their heart?
I find the greatest pleasure in my relationship with Jesus. It is always fulfilling.
I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
How many people spend their entire lives building beautiful homes or have expensive homes or big stock portfolios? Hoe does it feel after a one night stand? Then, at some time they look at it and say:” Is this it?”
I prefer every day to work to build my treasure in Heaven by following Gods calling in my life. It is always rewarding and satisfying.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
How many people lives are centered around their career? Then when their career goes south they have nothing left?
I enjoy my career as a servant of Christ. I know He has a special job for me to do and when I do it I know that makes Him happy. Because He is happy, I am happy.
Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
How many educated idiots are there out there today that spend their whole career in academics? Most of the ones I have met, I wonder what planet they are from. But, isn’t there something missing in their education?
What is missing is the wisdom of the never ending learning about God, His beauty and His love for us.
The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.
Then I said to myself, “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” I said to myself, “This too is meaningless.” For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God. for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
What happens to so many people wealth after they die? What have they truly accomplished in their lives? My wealth plan is to store up treasures in Heaven where the bankers and government can not steal it. Where no natural calamity like a hurricane or flood or earthquake can destroy it. I will have it for eternity.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Yahweh (God of His people) for giving me wisdom to understand and obey Your wise guidance in my life to life a richly blessed life. I give thanks for this blessing in the name of our most satisfying treasure Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus' precious love bless you today and every day.
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