What Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 38 )
Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”. He is the one that will proclaim the spiritual 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 ?”.
(9) Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. (10) Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Solomon is sarcastically warning us of wasting our youth with enjoyment in the sinful pleasures of this world. He describes this attitude as:
- rejoice – live for pleasure
- let thy heart cheer thee – allow your desires to center on worldly, carnal pursuits
- walk in the ways of thine heart and in the sight of thine eyes – follow your desires and live your life in pursuit of the carnal desires you hold within.
All three of these summarize the steps that lead us from the Lord’s will for our lives. We determine to find carnal pleasure. We allow our minds and desires to center on sinful ways to find that pleasure. And then, we live our lives driven by our carnal desires.
Solomon tells young people, “Go ahead, live for the things of this world and enjoy the pleasures found within it…. but keep in mind, you will give an account to the Lord for your attitude and actions.
This is clearly a warning and not a piece of good advice!
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
Now Solomon shares his words of wisdom (good advice) with us….
Because we understand we must give an account for how we live our youthful lives, we should change our desires to that of the things of the Lord. In doing so, we are ridding our lives of the sorrow of desiring the things of the world while pursuing the things of God. As we live for the Lord, with a new set of desires, we can enjoy life and be confident of our future with the Lord.
Childhood and youth will quickly pass away… this is why we are to use these blessings wisely in service to the Lord and not in service to the carnal desires of our flesh.
May we all learn to use our youth wisely. It will pass away very quickly. May we seek to live our youth for Christ and not waste it on living for the sinful pleasures of this world.
Also, lets use the knowledge that we must stand before the Lord to change our desires throughout our life. May we always seek to please the Lord and put the sinfulness of this world behind us. In doing so, we can look forward to our future with confidence knowing as we stand before the Lord, we lived our lives for Him.
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.|
|32.||11:9-10||A recognition of the need to use the blessings of youth in service to the Lord.|
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