DISGUSTED WITH LIFE? (Ecclesiastes 2)
Wow, what a title! Chapter three, Disgusted with life, will give you a better glimpse into what King Solomon was feeling about his past living (vanity). For those of us who are or have been guilty of keeping a record of our own past living (vanity), we have carried a heavy load. Take heart my friend and remember that when you cry out to God; He hears you, He listens to you, He reaches out to you and he heals you. This may not all happen in our timing but be assured that it will happen in His.
He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You (God) will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)
THE GOOD LIFE
While he always applied the wisdom that God had given him, King Solomon experimented with one thing after another on his quest for “the good life.”
- HE TESTED LIFE (Ecc.2:1-11)
- He found desire without satisfaction
- Laboring in vain (Isa.55.2 & pg.42)
- Certainty in death
- HE HATED LIFE (Ecc.2:12-23)
- Life will inevitably end before a person can truly learn how to live.
- Christians are to love life (1 Peter 3:10).
- HE ACCEPTED LIFE (Ecc.2:24-26)
- “Thank God for what you do have, and enjoy it to the Glory of God.” Paul asked us to trust “in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17).
- True enjoyment of blessings or enrichment cannot be found apart from God.
We can try to glean as much theology from Solomon as possible, given to us in Ecclesiastes, but it is up to us to live it and BE SATISFIED!
By the hope we have in Christ Jesus, may we step back from our present circumstances so that we might first learn from God’s Word and in turn use it to better our own lives. All glory to God!
Your answers (or thoughts) to the questions on page 49 (BE SATISFIED) can be shared below as a reply to this post. I too will share as a reply, below.