For Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18
MEMORY VERSE: “Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. What profit has a man from all his labour in which he toils under the sun? (Eccl. 1:2-3). NKJV
King Solomon in his ‘ecclesiastical presentations’, has mentioned this word ‘under the sun’ for 29 times. The word is synonymous to ‘in this life’ which he is trying to give meaning to. Yes, he is talking about the transitory and ephemeral condition of this world.
Life, some say is good and others describe as bad. My concern here is not to examine what they think before divulging their feeling about it.
Here, the person who is describing life as vanity is the King Solomon of the Bible. He went ‘deep into life’, and so he has the in-depth definition of it.
By virtue of his wealth, wisdom, the largeness of his kingdom and other achievements, names like business mogul, business tycoon, his Excellency, his Highness, etc should be his appellations if it were today.
Consequently, he as a possessor of all these achievements turned to be upset of them. He was so frustrated that he condemned them as nothing but vain glory.
Dear reader, if what this wise king is saying is anything to go by, then it is about time you started thinking of what exactly you have been moving round priding yourself of. Is it your family achievements, your academic credibility, your beauty or your wealth?
Taking a critical lesson from Solomon’s assessment of wealth would help you to pursue eternal glories. - VAD
Wealth and honor come from God. I need to acquire wealth in God’s own standard (1 Chron. 29:12)
O God, let me stick to the blessings You give so that I do not go astray.
Solomon could not find the happiness of life in his excessive wealth.