What fills you up? Is it money, fame, prestige, sex and other material stuff? How do you expend your energy on a daily basis? What motivates you to wake up in the morning and what’s your primary goal everyday? If they are all worldly possessions, then your life is on sinking sand.
I will introduce you to King Solomon – the son of King David of Judah – who was the wisest and richest king that has ever lived.
By wealth, I mean over twenty-five tons of gold every year, in addition to the taxes paid by the traders and merchants. Solomon made two hundred large shields, each of which was covered with about fifteen pounds of beaten gold, and three hundred smaller shields, each covered with about eight pounds of beaten gold. The king also had a large throne made. Part of it was covered with ivory and the rest were covered with pure gold. Six steps led up to the throne, and there was a footstool attached to it, covered with gold. There were arms on each side of the throne, and the figure of a lion stood at each side. Twelve figure of lions were on the steps, one at either end of each step. No throne like this had ever existed in any other kingdom.
All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were made of gold and all the utensils in the Hall of the Forest of Lebanon were made of pure gold. He had a fleet of ocean-going ships sailing with King Hiram’s fleet. Every three years his fleet would return, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys.
King Solomon also had four thousand stalls for his chariots and horses, and had twelve thousand cavalry horses. Some of them he kept in Jerusalem and the rest he stationed in various other cities. He was supreme ruler of all the kings in the territory from the Euphrates River to Philistia and the Egyptian border. During his reign silver was as common in Jerusalem as stone, and cedar was as plentiful as ordinary sycamore in the foothills of Judah. Solomon imported horses from Musri and from every other country.
(2 Chronicles 9:13-28)
In wisdom – The queen of Sheba heard of King Solomon’s fame, and she traveled to Jerusalem to test him with difficult questions. When she and Solomon met, she asked him all the questions that she could think of. He answered them all; there was nothing too difficult for him to explain. The queen of Sheba heard Solomon’s wisdom and saw the palace he had built. She saw the food that was served at his table, the living quarters for his officials, the organization of his palace staff and the uniforms they wore, the clothing of the servants who waited on him at feasts, and the sacrifices he offered in the Temple. It left her breathless and amazed.
(2 Chronicles 9: 1-4).
Solomon also wrote the Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.
In relationships – He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. (I Kings 11:3). He had a total of 1,000 women. Just imagine that.
He really feasted on the lust of his eyes and body.
Just think about living the high life to its utmost maximum.
But do you know what he said about all these things?
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher,” completely meaningless!”
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.
History merely repeats itself, it has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.
We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.
I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless – like chasing the wind.
What is wrong cannot be made right.
What is missing cannot be recovered.
I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind.
The greater my wisdom the greater my grief.
To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.
(Ecclesiastes 1: 2-18)
You see, if earthly possessions are what you are working and occupying your mind for, then what you have is worthless. It is all vanity – for it will soon pass away – and the only thing that will matter is what you have done for the Lord’s Kingdom.
What will ultimately count, is if you have accepted Jesus as the Lord and Savior of your life and what you have done with the gifts that He has given you to further His Kingdom. Only what’s done for Christ will last.