What Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 37 )
Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”. He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.
Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer. Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…
First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).
Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34). (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)
Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved. May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question… “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.
Eccl 11:7-8 – Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all;
Solomon reminds us to enjoy the “good days” of sunshine, health and blessings that the Lord gives to us. They were given for our benefit and pleasure. One of the greatest physical blessings from the Lord is to grant us a long life filled with many of these “bright” days.
yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many.
Not only are we to enjoy these bright days of life, but then we are to remember the trials we have faced and how bad things could be. This helps us to appreciate the bright days more which causes us to appreciate and love our Lord filled with a heart of thankfulness.
Solomon gives us a very solemn reminder… no matter how blessed our life may be, no matter how many days of sunshine we may enjoy, we will always have difficulties and struggles in this life. It is all a part of living our life in a fallen, sinful world. There is no such thing as a “perfect life” and anytime we think someone else has the perfect life… we are mistaken!
All that cometh is vanity.
The bottom line is this… no matter how good or bad the days may be, there are all short-lived and meaningless when we enter into eternity. For the lost man, all their good days on earth will come to an end as he faces eternal punishment for his sins. For the saved man, all the days of trials and heartaches will pass when he passes into the present of the Lord and enter eternity with Him.
May we all enjoy the good days of blessings from our Lord.
May we all remember the days of trials and how things could be much, much worse for us.
May we all appreciate the Lord and His exceeding goodness that He has, and will continue to show to us.
May we always be expecting times of trials to enter our lives. They are a certainty and should be a source of spiritual growth and times of intimacy with the Lord… not a source of discouragement and anxiety.
Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:
|1.||2:1-3||The pursuit of carnal desires (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)|
|2.||2:4-11||The pursuit of material possessions through human labors|
|3.||2:12-17||The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly|
|4.||2:18-23||The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1|
|5.||2:24-26||The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2|
|6.||3:1-8||A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events Prt #1|
|7.||3:9-15||A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events Prt #2|
|8.||3:16-22||A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life.|
|9.||4:1-3||A recognition that never being born is better than the sufferings of this life.|
|10.||4:4-16||The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly|
|11.||5:1-7||The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises|
|12.||5:8-17||The pursuit of worldly riches|
|13.||5:18-20||A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man|
|14.||6:1-2||A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.|
|15.||6:3-10||A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God|
|16.||6:11-12||A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.|
|17.||7:1-10||The pursuit of prideful living|
|18.||7:11-23||A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom|
|19.||7:24-29||The pursuit of Godly enabling|
|20.||8:1-5||The pursuit of proper submission to authority based upon Godly wisdom|
|21.||8:6-15||A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.|
|22.||8:16-17||A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth|
|23.||9:1-3||A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events|
|24.||9:4-12||A recognition that life is better then death|
|25.||9:13-18||A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom|
|26.||10:1-15||A recognition of the dangers of foolishness|
|27.||10:16-17||A recognition of principles for good rulership|
|28.||10:18||A recognition of the dangers of slothfulness|
|29.||10:19||A recognition of the value of money|
|30.||11:1-6||A recognition of the need to sow our seed for the benefit of others.|
|31.||11:7-8||A recognition of the need to enjoy the days of blessings and expect the troublesome times of life.|
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