It comes from the heart not the belly
- Ecclesiastes 2:1 (ESV)
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It's why people use meth!
It's why we flock to the doctor to get our anti-depressants.
It's why we over indulge in anything! We just want to feel good!
We're looking for the same thing Solomon was looking for!
Happiness and joy!
We're all just looking for the secrets of true happiness aren't we?
Solomon assures us he's tested these waters and he can tell us the truth!
I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.”
But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness.
And what does pleasure accomplish?”
Ecclesiastes 2:1, 2 NIV)
He's not buying laughter!
Pleasure isn't worth a dime!
Well, in his eyes anyways!
But I would say, Solomon you've looked in the wrong places for happiness, don't you think?
I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.
(Ecclesiastes 2:1-3 NIV)
There's a lot of laughter in the bars and clubs, but there's not true happiness there! I wonder if wisdom was actually guiding you there?
I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. (Ecclesiastes 2:4 NIV)
Some people love to build! They can't stop! But what are we building FOR? If its for happiness, well, it's not there!
I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. (Ecclesiastes 2:5, 6 NIV)
This sounds beautiful and I'm sure it was, and a lot of work! I'm sure it was a pleasure to see, but --thats not where we find happiness!
I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.
(Ecclesiastes 2:7 NIV)
You sound like quite a business man, but purchasing people...
even though it would seem wonderful to have people do anything you want at anytime.... this is not what God intended to make us happy!
I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces.
I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart.
(Ecclesiastes 2:8 NIV)
Did you have the first playboy mansion? It's seems like a mans dream to have one... but with over 700 wives, it sure wasn't a place to find happiness even if you did hear laughter everywhere!
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil.
(Ecclesiastes 2:10 NIV)
Maybe this is where you went wrong Solomon! Maybe you should've denied yourself!
Solomon was having one big party!
And...just to prove a point?
Well, prove a point, you did!
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
(Ecclesiastes 2:11 NIV)
Solomon seems frustrated, because he's not answering the questions the people want answers to!
Where IS happiness?
How do we get it!!!!!
I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both. (Ecclesiastes 2:13, 14 NIV)
Wisdom IS better than living like a fool... and, it's true, the wise and the foolish men are BOTH going to die!
So if the foolish and the wise are both going to die.... we may as well live like fools ???
Then I said to myself, “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” I said to myself, “This too is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 2:15 NIV)
But, it's NOT meaningless!
Because the foolish man that rejects Jesus IS dead, even if he appears to be breathing and alive!
But the Christian is alive and living even when he stops breathing and it seems he is dead.
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. (Ecclesiastes 2:17, 18 NIV)
I've foolishly said these words too!
At times I've felt I wanted to trade my life in! Give me another!
This is my life? Really? It sucks!
I guess you call that a self absorbed, unappreciative pity party, and Solomon was having one too!
'I WANT' to find happiness!
Boy we can get a attitude can't we?
So I became sad about all the hard work I had done here on earth.
People can work hard using all their wisdom, knowledge, and skill, but they will die, and other people will get the things for which they worked. They did not do the work, but they will get everything. This is also unfair and useless.
(Ecclesiastes 2:20, 21 NCV)
Depression hits hard when you realize you live -and then you die-
and nothing you've worked so hard for can go with you!
We're not taking it with us! Yes, we'll leave it behind!
But we can leave it to help some really great missions to help build Christ's church!
I'm not planning on an inheritance from my parents! They've taught me how to live! I know their money is going to go for the spiritual building
of Christ's church! And THATS where you find happiness, in building God's church!
And then Solomon finds a valuable lesson ...
The best that people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy their work.
I saw that even this comes from God, because no one can eat or enjoy life without him.
(Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 NCV)
"IF" that's the best you can do...eat drink and be merry and enjoy your work...It's still not enough!
Not without God!
Good point Solomon! Those things will just get us by if we don't include Christ in them!
If people please God, God will give them wisdom, knowledge, and joy. But sinners will get only the work of gathering and storing wealth that they will have to give to the ones who please God.
So all their work is useless, like chasing the wind.
(Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 NCV)
You don't have to use drugs or liquor- You don't have to get high... You can live high!
You can live high above the foolishness of this world!
High above the emptiness of this world!!
You can live high on His promises, His joy- His peace!
It goes beyond a good belly laugh, because although a good belly laugh is great, true happiness comes from deep within the heart, straight from God- not the belly!
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