Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 2
YOLO has been one of the cool sayings in popular culture over the past couple of years. If you are reading this and you are over the age of 35, I’ll give you a moment to try and figure out what this means. No, it’s not a new frozen yogurt shop. YOLO stands for “you only live once.” This is not the first time in history that mantras like this have been uttered. We have all heard things like: “You have to get the most out of this life” or “When I die I really want people to know I lived.” In the right moment and context mantras like these can be helpful and inspiring, but for the most part they point to a deep desire for the pursuit of pleasure.
In our passage today, the author (whom most scholars believe to be King Solomon) points out the futility of the pursuit of pleasure. I want us to consider two things as we read today’s passage.
1. Why should we listen to Solomon?
It is easy to dismiss Old Testament literature as irrelevant for us today. However, Solomon has more experience with the pleasures of life than anyone in the history of mankind.
– Solomon was the richest and most powerful king in his day and most scholars agree the most wealthy and powerful king ever.
– Solomon had fame, money, and success.
– Solomon had more women than the biggest playboys in our world today.
– He had the respect of the other world leaders at the time as well (1 Kings 10). (For more info read 1 Kings 4-11)
Solomon knows to the very end of what pleasure offers and his answer is “There is nothing to be gained under the sun.”
2. What does Solomon say we should pursue?
Wisdom that comes from God. (James 1:5; Ecclesiastes 2:24-26)
Solomon is not talking about worldly wisdom but the wisdom that focuses on more than this life. A wisdom that comes from humbly following after the one true king Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-10)
Question to Ponder:
What are you pursuing?
Posted by: Chad Wiles