King Solomon had one of the most prosperous lives imaginable here on earth…seemingly. Let’s be real…he had “bragging rights” because his father was KING DAVID. He was the wisest person EVER. He had concubines—tons of women, more possessions and money than he knew what to do with, loads of wine, and people to wait on him, hand and foot. Throw in a TV crew and slap the title CRIBS on it, and I’m pretty sure he would have had a modern (semi-modern) day television show. Ok, maybe that’s a little far, but you get the point! He had it all! As this wisest man EVER looked over all he had and had done, he reflected with this statement…
“Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:11
Excuse me. You mean all of that just wasn’t enough? As I read this verse, I zeroed in on the statement “a striving after wind…”
Think about the wind. With every breeze you feel the cool wind sweeps across your skin. Ever so gentle and pleasant, yet gone quickly. It’s pleasant, yes, but it does not stay with you. You desire more and more wind to brush against your skin, especially on a sweat-dripping hot day in South Carolina. It never can satisfy you for a long period of time. Not only that, but have you ever tried to grasp the wind between your fingers? Impossible, therefore meaningless. These pleasures we long to satisfy us in this life are like striving after wind, as the wisest man in the history of the world (besides Jesus, of course) tells us. The satisfaction of these pleasures is gone so quickly you aren’t even able to grasp on to them. We constantly look for more. King Solomon in all his wisdom knew this. He knew the Lord was the only true satisfaction. Pleasure that lasts can only be found in Him. Sadly, King Solomon lost sight of this throughout the rest of his life. He allowed pride and possessions to swallow him up and he began to worship idols. Are you going to allow Jesus to fill you up each day and make the works of your hands matter because they’re used to serve Him, or will you end up like Solomon—caught up in his wealth and false gods? While we are tempted each day to continually strive after the wind, may we strive ever after Christ, the only satisfaction, lover, sustainer of our souls.
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13