When I was younger I dreamed of being rich and powerful. I wanted to be a person who can have anything and everything he wanted in the world – be it material possessions, physical gratification, emotional pleasure, in other words, I wanted to have all the world has to offer. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t?
I grew older and wisdom seemed better. I wanted to be wise in everything I do. I loved wisdom – a precious gift from God. But I found out that even wisdom can seem worthless without God.
Ever wonder if there was a person who has “been there”? Who’s seen it all, done it all, a person who could say he’s lived life to the fullest extent of the word? Well we know there are people who’ve “been there” and I must say, most of the ones I know who have “been there” died unhappy or committed suicide. So what happened?
Solomon has “been there”
Solomon was king of Israel. During his time, he was the most renowned king not lacking in anything and exceedingly rich in the things that are necessary, not quite necessary and not necessary at all. He was the wisest person who have ever lived, most powerful in word and speech during his time. In short, if anyone has “been there” it’s Solomon.
In the proceedings of his life, Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes – a book that seems so frustrated and unhappy. Solomon wrote out how he felt about “being there” and its effects on him as a person. Now remember, Solomon is the wisest man who has ever lived but what does he have to say after all the pleasure of 700 wives, 300 concubines, gold too many to weigh (he made shields out of ‘em – for fun), a name too famous to be oblivious to. What does Solomon have to say?
“Then I thought about everything I had done, including the hard work, and it was simply chasing the wind. Nothing on Earth is worth the trouble.”
“Finally, I said to myself “being wise got me nowhere! The same thing will happen to me that happens to fools. Nothing makes sense. Wise or foolish, we all die and are soon forgotten.”
Imagine the wisest man saying “Nothing makes sense” is there any hope for humanity if the wisest man already admits that NOTHING makes sense?
I believe you get my point about “Being there” but what I really want to say is how Solomon changed my mind about our life here.
We were made for something bigger than life
If Solomon was content and Ecclesiastes was never written because Solomon had found that everything makes complete sense and everything on Earth is worth the trouble, then I can say that indeed we were made for this life. BUT NO! He WAS NEVER SATISFIED. He wanted more BECAUSE WE WERE MADE FOR MORE!
There is something bigger than life and you know it. You feel it. You sense it. Why? Because it exists! We were created for something more, something this life can never compare to and that is God Himself. You don’t believe me? Just listen to your nudging self, telling you that if you “Get there” WHAT NEXT?