There’s a story of a young banker was driving his BMW, in the mountains, during a snowstorm. As he rounded a turn the vehicle slid out of control and toward a cliff. At the last moment he unbuckled his seatbelt and jumped from the car. Though he escaped with his life, his left arm was caught near the hinge of the door and torn off at the shoulder. A trucker passing nearby witnessed the accident, stopped his rig, and ran back to see if he could be of help. There standing, in a state of shock, was the banker at the edge of the cliff moaning, “Oh no, my BMW, my BMW.” The trucker pointed to the banker’s shoulder and said, “Man, you’ve got bigger problems than a car.” With that the banker looked at his shoulder, finally realizing he’d lost his arm, and began crying… “Oh No, my new Rolex, my new Rolex.”
Kenneth Harkins, I know you’re reading this, and I couldn’t help but think about you as the official time keeper of Antioch Baptist.
The Bible says that King Solomon was the richest man who ever lived. His possessions were unheard of in his day. If you’ll look with me in Ecclesiastes, you’ll see that he set out on a quest to find fulfillment in life. In 1:17, he tried to fulfill his dreams through educational pursuits. Learn more and more; study all you can and surely that will lead to great fulfillment, but it vexed his spirit. In 2:1, he decided that fulfillment must come through the pursuit of pleasure. But that left him hopeless. In 2:3, he tried cheering himself with wine. Life is short, enjoy it all you can while you can! But that wasn’t satisfying either. In 2:4, Solomon began great building projects of homes, orchards, vineyards and even lakes. None of those things gave him what he was after. He began accumulating stuff in verse 7. He bought slaves, so many in fact that they were having children together right in his own home. He bought herds of cattle, more than anyone had ever owned before. He gathered silver and gold, spent his money on the finest entertainment that could be found. Verse 9 says that Solomon was great, greater than all others, being so fabulously wealthy that there wasn’t a thing in the world that he didn’t or couldn’t experience or have. In verse 17, he even said that work: doing a job day in and day out was a vexation of his spirit. Why bother after all? None of it will really last, and even if it does, who’s going to care enough to remember you when you’re dead and gone? Here we see that Solomon was frustrated.
At this point in his life, Solomon experienced what all of us experience at some point in our lives – a frustration that comes when we discover that all the stuff we think is going to make us happy never keeps us happy for very long. Even in a sin-cursed world we can find great enjoyment. But enjoyment in these things does not bring us our hearts deepest desires. In the end we will find ourselves agreeing with Solomon, that “all is vanity and grasping for the wind”
What we really want in life is fulfillment. The key to fulfillment in life is simply a love relationship with Jesus Christ. If you have daily fellowship with Him, you will Be Blessed.