Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 “And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”
All our lives are spent gathering evidence for the beliefs and truths to which we hold.
Some of us are satisfied to rest upon the word of another. Others need a majority consent. Still, others hold to the opinions of a particular culture, societal acceptance, or religious tolerance.
At times, we follow without searching whether or not it is God who approves or condones. The better part of wisdom tells us to check with God first before setting our hearts on a matter.
Today, we find Solomon has gone before us to search out much of the pleasures of life only to find that there is no real measure of wisdom in any of it. He was very thorough in his experiences. He chronicled it all for us to read and heed.
Often, the only thing that keeps us from diving into our particular pleasure is money and opportunity. We typically lack one or the other that keeps us from taking that path.
When will we see that it is our heart that needs tending to? Jeremiah knew and told us as much.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
The Psalmist knew.
Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
As we become more ‘chronologically gifted,’ shouldn’t we be growing in wisdom as well?
With all the evidence that abounds through the instant availability of information, shouldn’t we be wiser than our predecessors?
Is it our pride that thinks we may find a crack in history’s record that will allow us to reject conventional wisdom and forge our own path? Again, biblical history tells us the end of such thinking.
Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Lucifer thought he could forge his own path to be like God when what he found was that by trying to be his own god, incurred the immediate wrath of the Almighty, Sovereign, God of Heaven who created him.
As clay in the hands of the potter, may we humbly submit to the Master’s plan for who and what He desires to mold us.
Happy Lord’s day! See you in church.