Ecclesiastes 2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit
According to Ecclesiastes 2:17, Solomon was a man who hated life. Which is an amazing thing when you consider the fact that Solomon had everything that people think will make their lives wonderful. He had wealth; he had wisdom; he had women. He had power; he had fortune; he had fame. He had peace; he had comfort; he had success. Solomon had more than we could ever dream of having. He built more than we could ever dream of building. He accomplished more than we could ever hope to accomplish.
But it left him empty. He said it was vanity. He hated life.
If any of us had the chance to trade places with Solomon – to have all that he had; to experience all that he’d experienced; to know all that he knew – we’d jump at the chance. But if you’re saved and love the Lord and obey the scripture, then Solomon would jump at the chance to trade places with you!
Why? As good and as perfect and as attractive as his life might seem to the modern American, he hated it. He was angry, miserable, depressed.
But if you’re saved, love God, and obey the scripture, here’s what the Bible says about you…
1 Peter 3:10-11 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
Is God always right? Is the Bible completely true? Is there anything in God’s word that’s a lie? Does God know what He’s talking about? If we really believe those things, then it could not get any more clear:
If you want to end up hating life, then go after everything you come across that you think might make you happy. And if you want to love life, then make your life about loving God and serving God and pleasing God and ministering to others.
It’s as simple as that…if you believe the Bible. We all just have to come to the point where we really believe that it’s true. Enough to go ahead and try it out. Hope that you will.
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.