“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’ …Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil”
Solomon had it all: “wine, women, and song!” Solomon tried it all and ended up bemoaning “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!” His observation was that whatever was humanly tried left mankind with emptiness. Let’s put this into a contemporary setting:
- Some do alcohol, drugs, smoking and other addictions
- Some chase after wealth
- Some choose worthless or false belief-systems
- Some resort to illicit sexual activities, deviations, perversions
- Some find their morality prescribed by Hollywood, Disney, etc.
- Some indulge in endless “pleasures”
- Some lounge around mooching off others
- Some enjoy getting into trouble or causing it
- Some … (you get the picture)!
In the end, Solomon reached a very significant and definitive conclusion: life without God is empty and void of meaning or purpose. It ends up being an unsatisfying life not worth living. It begs the questions as to: *Why am I here and *Who made me? *What if I will be held accountable? *What will happen to me after I die? Pretty serious stuff isn’t it! Ah yes, wasting your life means you’re taking a risk that has eternal consequences! Better think about it repeatedly. The life you have is a gift from God and He will ask you how you spent it. Only He can help you change direction from worthlessness to worthiness. Repent of your waywardness and ask the Lord to give you a change of heart (mind) and corresponding lifestyle pleasing to Him!