In chapter five Solomon tries something that should be of interest to us all, religion. He intends to find satisfaction in religion, and guess what, he can’t. Through out history, religion has damned more people then it has saved. You can easily research this on your own. The difference between Christianity and all other religions is the Lord Jesus Christ! A relationship, not a religion. If you have religion, kick it to the curb and get Jesus Christ.
Verses 1-8 Solomon tells how he seeks to be satisfied in religion.
Verses 10-14 Solomon now, seeks satisfaction by pursuing enjoyment and wealth. When I was young and unsaved I always believed wealth would be the greatest thing ever. It won’t. Wealth is never condemned in the Bible. Making wealth an idol, that’s wrong. So is being a cheapskate. Both are wrong. One of the things Ecclesiastes teaches us is not to hold onto anything to tightly. Greed, a modern day problem. It has only one cure, Jesus…
There are three words that I want to give to you as we close out 2021 and move into 2022 – “Expect good things”. These words are not just a feel-good philosophy. There is no “name it and claim it” health and wealth promise to them. Instead, these words are all about perspective. When your eyes are on God and you are trusting Him and serving Him, then good things will happen. Now, in all honesty, they may not always feel like good things. But faith isn’t built on feelings; it is built on the character of God.
So, because God is our Father and we are His children, we can always expect good things from Him. During this year, if there is ever a point you begin to doubt that truth, just remember to tweak the definition from what you think is “good” to what God promises is “good”. It is that perfect faith in Him that will open the door to the peace that passes all understanding, and which will take us through whatever we may face in the year ahead.
Romans 8:37-39 In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 NLT).
Where are you in your life today? Are you in the morning of your life? Are you in the afternoon of your life? Or, are you in the evening of your life?
Of course, I know I’m getting toward the end of my race in life. I don’t know how many more years I will live or how many more years of ministry I will have. But I do know that I’m not in the beginning of it.
Those who are young will say, “I’m in the morning of my life.”
But you never know when the Lord will call you home. My son Christopher was only 33 years old when he was unexpectedly called home to Heaven. So we don’t necessarily know where we are in the race of life.
That’s why we want to be ready to meet God. We need to realize that Jesus died on the cross for us, and we need to turn from our sins and ask Him to come into our lives. Then we will find the meaning and purpose of life that we’ve been seeking. Not only that, but we will have hope for the afterlife.
So what kind of difference is your life making? What kind of legacy are you leaving?
My prayer is that you will live a life that is worth emulating. Corrie ten Boom was a very godly woman who suffered horrible things during the Holocaust, including imprisonment at the Ravensbruck concentration camp, and she lived to tell the story. She made this statement: “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”
We think that success is a long life. Well, maybe success is a long life—if it is lived for the glory of God. But even if it’s a short life, if it’s lived for God’s glory, that is still a success. It is not the duration but the donation.
“Vanity” is the key word, it occurs thirty-seven times. The key phrase is “under the sun,” which occurs twenty-nine times. “I said in my heart,” a man’s heart. Conclusions that men reach through their own intelligence.
“It is because the spirit of unselfish service personified by the life and the teachings of Christ makes appeal to the inner conscience and hope of every man and every woman in every part of the earth. It transcends in the ultimate all lines of race, of habitat, of nation. It lives in the midst of war, of slavery, of conquest. It survives prohibitions and decrees and force. It is an unquenchable Spring of Promise to humanity.” President Franklin Roosevelt.
[W]e remember another night long ago. Then a Child was born in a stable. A star hovered over, drawing wise men from afar. Shepherds, in a field, heard angels singing: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” That was the first Christmas and it was God’s great gift to us. This is a wonderful story. Year after year it brings peace and tranquility to troubled hearts in a troubled world. And tonight the earth seems hushed, as we turn to the old, old story of how “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” President Harry Truman.
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them [shepherds] and said: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of voices praising the Heavenly Father and singing: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations we forget that the true meaning of Christmas was given to us by the angelic host that holy night long ago. Christmas is the commemoration of the birth of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, whose message would truly be one of good tidings and great joy, peace and good will.” President Ronald Reagan.
Hebrews 10:37-39 “Foryet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Nowthejust shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.