Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity (Eccl. 1:2 KJV)
King Solomon wrote the words of the verse above. He concludes “all is vanity” or futile. What would have made Solomon of all men say such a thing that life is meaningless?
A summary of the critical events of King Solomon’s life will be beneficial here. He was born and chosen by God to be king after David. He had fame, wealth, power, glory, beauty, achievements, women, servants and indeed all that a man’s heart could ever dream of. However, in the later part of his life, he abandoned the way of God and began worshipping the idols of his wives.
The words in the verse above are the words of a man who had abandoned the way of the Lord and was looking back at the emptiness of a life without God. Solomon tasted the finest wisdom that a human heart can ever attain, and saw life as meaningless outside of God’s purpose.
Jesus said what shall a man profit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul. He also said that a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of his riches. The take-home message is that man’s life finds meaning only in God. There is always going to be “something” missing even at the height of power, fame, glory, power or wealth if God is absent. God alone satisfies our hearts and brings meaning to our lives.
What do you think was going through Solomon’s minds as he looked back at his biography? Did he finally learn the beginning of wisdom—the fear of the Lord? ( Eccl. 12:13)
APPLY THE WORD
Everything you have in life will find meaning only in God otherwise their utter emptiness will remind you of the words of Solomon that “vanity of vanities…, all is vanity”!
Ask the Lord to help you never lose focus in life. Pray that your heart will never seek satisfaction in life in things that are vanity of vanities.