SAT. 16th FEB, 2019
THEME: FAILURE OF WORLDLY PLEASURE
TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 2:8-11
8. I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9. So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 11. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
In a quest to acquire wealth, live flamboyantly, ensure security and pleasure, a man killed his mother for ritual. When the day of reckoning came, his wealth failed him. He regretted killing his mother and ended his life in suffering and pain without finding the pleasure he had craved for.
When all that one pursues or strives to achieve in life is pleasure and material gain, such a person is bound to fail and eternity in hell may not elude him/her. That is to say that worldly pleasure has no eternal security or value: It is temporary. It is a mirage.
The story of the rich fool in the Scripture (Luke 12: 16-20) teaches us that worldly pleasure or passion is not eternal. The lifestyle of the rich fool demonstrated to us our relationship with our possessions, that where our wealth is, there is our heart.
King Solomon, the wisest and richest man on earth boldly confessed in Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 that life lived without Christ is a waste. It is so with us today. Solomon had taken time to experiment on life in its fullest and came to a conclusion that “it is vanity upon vanity.” If we succeed by the world’s standard but fail with God, we fail in all.
Worldly fame does not mean eternal recognition by God and material prosperity does not equal spiritual prosperity. Brethren, let us live a life of godly contentment and avoid vain and luxurious life of any kind. Do not envy any wealthy man who does not give his life to God because such a man is ignorant of the Lord’s way. Remember, ‘If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable’ (1 Corinth. 15:19).
HYMN: EMHB 549
1: LORD, that I may learn of Thee,
Give me true simplicity;
Wean my soul, and keep it low.
Willing Thee alone to know.
2: Let me cast my reeds aside,
All that feeds my knowing pride,
Not to man, but God submit,
Lay my reasonings at Thy feet;
3: Of my boasted wisdom spoiled,
Docile, helpless, as a child,
Only seeing in Thy light,
Only walking in Thy might.
4: Then infuse the teaching grace,
Spirit of truth and righteousness;
Knowledge, love divine, impart,
Life eternal, to my heart.
Prov. 21:17 “He who loves pleasure will become poor, whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.”
May you help us to pursue that which will earn us eternal pleasure through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.