Wisdom & Riches
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
King Solomon was convinced he knew how to find happiness, and because he had vast resources at his command, he was able to pursue it. Wealth, fame, pleasure, lavish houses, a reputation for wisdom; you name it, King Solomon achieved it. Yet after gaining everything he had ever wanted, he reluctantly concluded that his life was still empty and without meaning. His search for lasting happiness had failed, and his soul was still empty. He wrote, “I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure … then I looked on all the works that my hands had done … and indeed all was vanity” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).
We can be in danger of making the same mistake King Solomon made. He was convinced that the things of this world would bring happiness and peace, and pursued them with all his strength, only to find that he was wrong. Likewise, we too are warned not to be deceived; attaining things and accomplishing our goals will not bring lasting happiness. Why? Because we are made to seek God and know Him. This is the source of true joy.
King Solomon finally realized this, though he should have known it sooner. After all, his father, David, had learned this and passed this knowledge on to him. Solomon himself had vowed to live according to God’s wisdom. We must not be misled by the world’s definition of happiness. The key to living a life of fulfilment and satisfaction is found in making Christ the centre and foundation of life.
My Heavenly Father, Help me each day to make You the centre of my life. In Christ's name I pray. Amen.