Friday, 12 July 2013

CHASING AFTER THE WIND

TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 2:4-11
Solomon was the richest king of his time, he was the wisest king. His wisdom was great that people use to come from far and near to listen to him. In his days; Gold were common like sand, he had thousands of horses, chariots men and women servants, he could afford everything his eyes saw. “ I undertook great projects , I built houses for myself and planted vineyards, I made gardens and parks, and plant 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 own 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 men and women singers and a harem as well, the delights of the heart of man. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me” (Ecc 2:4-9).
All the wealth and wisdom that Solomon acquired were not enough to give him peace of mind; they were not able to add joy and fulfilment to his life. From his utterances in the book of Ecclesiastes, it could be said that he was looking for a better way of having peace of mind, because his wealth and wisdom failed to get him satisfaction. “The sleep of a labourer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep” (Ecc 5:12). If you don’t have riches or wealth like others, but if you have God and you are truly serving Him, you will have peace of mind and your joy will be flowing like a river.

If you have all the wealth in the whole world and you don’t have Christ, you may be struggling to have peace of mind despite your riches. Peace and happiness can only be gotten from God and not from any material things (John 14: 27) Solomon was rich and wise to the point that the riches and wisdom became a problem for him. Though it took him time to know that everything in the world is vanity, but he eventually realised and quickly turned back to God. “Therefore stand in awe of God.” (Ecc: 5-7). To the man who pleases Him God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up to hand over to the one who pleases God” (Ecc 2: 26). This implies that if you continue struggling to acquire wealth and you leave God out of your plan, you may find it difficult to make it. while a person that is pleasing God in all his or her deeds, will make it more than you, because God will bless him more than his or her efforts.

Do not allow the treasures of this world to deprive you of your eternal inheritance. What shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and lose his life? Or what can a man give in exchange of his soul? (Mark 8: 36-37) After all he had toiled to achieve, Solomon said “Everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind, nothing was gained under the sun.” Lay up your treasure in heaven, for treasures laid here on earth is meaningless.

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