The Price of an Empty & Worthless Life! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 February 2017 13:26

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

 

“So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. 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.”(Eccles. 2:9-11, ESV)

Solomon reached his apex. In fact, nobody can ever equal him in wisdom, also in wealth, influence, and probably, to include as well power in the entire human history, because God favored him. But what happened to this man who had literally everything, that at the end he surprisingly said that all that he had werewithout value! His was a complete dissatisfied life.He remarked, all were useless—ALL WAS VANITY.

Something must had gone wrong to the momentum of his pathway to success. I ought to bring you to his start, before I could fully explain what happened to his end. The book of Ecclesiastes was personally written by King Solomon. Such is an account of his later years, particularly his emptiness and despondency in life, which utterly led him again to a soul-searching curband repentance. He sought back the real values in life—the fear of the Lord.

He concluded his long treatise, of twelves chapters, by saying “…Fear God and keep his commandments, FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN.” (Eccles. 12:13, ESV) Solomon started as nobody. His humble beginning made him spotted by God. One deep midnight, the Creator visited him in a dream. The latter told him to ask anything and He would grant such to him.

Instead to request selfish things, he petitioned an understanding heart to rule God’s people. He was just new in the throne, and the challenge was pretty huge. He didn’t know how to dispense any good governance to the mighty nation of Israel. Besides, he was also living under the shadow of his father’s legacy. King David’s former rule was too much for his son, Solomon, to be exceeded.

Obviously, the pressure of the people’s expectations were on his nerves every single day. Thus, he never asked anything selfish, but for the people of God. The almighty was pleased to the condition of Solomon’s heart. You see, when we would always consider the plight of others, God is happy. In like manner, the Father can give us our humble and unselfish prayers for others, and to also add the realization of those unspoken prayers inside our souls.

“And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I GIVE YOU ALSO WHAT YOU HAVE NOT ASKED, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, vas your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”’(1 Kings 3:1114, ESV)

Solomon started way very right. See, it will alwaysbe a blessing, which we are even constantly unaware of, when we are NOBODY and have NOTHING. The simple reason is because we totally depend to the Lord. Albeit, when God may also begin to bless us, the next test which we will often have to wade, is to maintain that same dependence to Him.

Gradually, Solomon drifted away from his faithful relationship with God. His women led him astray from Jehovah. He’d 300 wives, and 700 more other concubines. The man became blinded spiritually; his decline was not abrupt but rather slowly and steadily, until he eventually just discovered, when he was now in his twilight years, that he’d forsaken God and actually wasted his years.

Thus, he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, not just as a mere autobiography, but to maybe a sort of a warning to anyone who might follow the same trail of snares, which had erroneously dwindled him down to the oblivion. Friend, A HEART WITHOUT GOD WILL ALWAYS BE DISSATISFIED. No amount of worldly wealth, prestige and temporary fame can ever replace the Lord.

Remember, you and all of us are created to follow him. Every blessing around is there for us not to adore, but to use it to effectively serve God. The almighty did createfirst everything, before He formed Adam on the sixth day. Such was deliberate, so that he would have everything around he needed to serve the Lord.

Relatively, He also would want to give us a good and abundant life. Notwithstanding, it is not his intention, where the same blessings may lead us astray from Him. Solomon had been there; his sad and dissatisfied life is an enough learning, or even a warning, for us to daily seek the Father and His will. Give the Lord your priority, and you never will fail. All thingsare His, so that anything we desire in prayer, He soon can provide. Just never trade the Lord to anything temporary pleasure, but its sure end is destructive. Again, all the rest which may seem to replace God, in our hearts,are dangerous traps.

Thus, it is imperativeto surround yourself with same-minded people, whose passion are also to seek God. A weekly small group can definitely help, and of course a church life, too. Please do not steal anySunday from the Lord. Give Him that day, weekly, for Him. After all, church time won’t be an entire day, the most is only a 2-hour worship.

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