Look What I Did

“And whatever my eyes desires 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 the reward for all my toil,” Ecclesiastes 2:10.

Can you imagine being able to do anything you wanted to do?  This is exactly how Solomon was able to live his life.  In Ecclesiastes 2, Solomon gives himself to all the pleasure of the world, all the work of the word, and all the wisdom of the world.  The list of his accomplishments are so amazing that all one can say is simply, “Man you are amazing.”

However , from Solomon’s perspective we gain a different viewpoint.  A casual look at the chapter would cause a person to think that Solomon was saying, “look what I did.”  But this is not case at all. Solomon simply lists his accomplishments to show us how all these things at the end of the day have little lasting value.

Here is his conclusion, “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had experienced in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after the wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”  Wow, did you see what Solomon said, “There is nothing to be gained in what we do.”

A couple of years ago, my best friend gave me a book entitled, “It all goes back in the box.” The book was an allegory about life.  The author used the illustration of trying for years to beat his grandmother in Monopoly. Finally after many tries, he won.  But his joy was short-lived because after the game, they placed everything back in the box.  It was over.

Brothers and sisters, there is coming a day when each of us will be placed in some type of box.  People who give and overview of our lives.  When they do, it will simply be a testimony of what we did.  Oh, how I hope I have more significant things said than what Solomon wrote about his life.

Maybe you ask, “What should we be striving for?”  The bible teaches us that we should be striving for the glory of the Lord.  Jesus in Luke 8 speaks clearly to this subject when He says; “Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away,” 8:18. 

We must be careful to obey His commands instead of our old nature’s commands.  When we obey God’s commands we will be given more and more understanding in His will and we will be given more and more joy because we are being used as His hands and feet to accomplish things of eternal value.

So, as you approach this day, or as you end this day, listen to God and discover what He wants you to do. This alone brings value as we see what He does through our lives.

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