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Ecclesiastes 2: The Vanity of Self-indulgence

As I go further into the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon pursues the life where he tries to fill his life with stuff. The the pursuit of possessions, the wise man still offers some of his words of wisdom.

               In the very heart of the American culture, we are so overcome with owning stuff.  In the pursuit of worldly goods, we think that owning the next thing or having the newest and greatest gadget will ultimately fill our life.  I imagine that Solomon made this discovery in his own self-indulgence and found it very vain. 

                How can we have the perspective of owning all of these things and believing that our heart is truly set?  In the passage from Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11, Solomon talks about all of the possessions, wealth, and becoming the wealthiest of individuals.  He even says, “..of pleasure, ‘What use is it?’” (v. 2, ESV).  He chased after alcohol, ownership, displays of wealth, and yet he still claims that this is not the pursuit of life.

                Through his pursuit of all of these things, he still kept his wisdom.  However, through all of the pursuits of his heart, he still felt empty through this endeavor.   Through all of this pursuit, do you still chase after things that still have no meaning to it?  Will not your possessions dwindle over time?  Are you still lost in this pursuit?

                In these many questions, this wise man did understand one thing.  In verse 11, Solomon says, “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity…” (ESV).  You must ask yourself this question, what is there you can pursue that all of these things can become a reality for your life.

Here are some takeaways from this passage in Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. 

Are you overfilling yourself with the things that make you happy?

Are you truly finding happiness through self-indulgence?

What type of impact are you making?

Which direction are you focusing on, and how far have you gone?

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