Solomon was the man who had it all, and he gave himself to every form of pleasure and worldly satisfaction. Money, women, power, buildings, prestige, accomplishments, partying. You name it, Solomon did it. All these things offered him then, and us today, the tease that they will satisfy us. But as Solomon found out, none of these things satisfy. “It all was vanity and a striving after the wind and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” (v. 11)
This world would lead us into so many futile distractions. Many go from one to the other their whole life long and never come to the simple realization that Solomon discovered. It is the grace of God to know the futility of what this world has to offer. The Preachers seemingly despairing refrain of “vanity, vanity all is vanity” is not so much a refrain of despair, but a warning to us. Don’t go there! Don’t let your heart be given to these things! Learn from my mistakes!
“Lord, let me heed these warnings. Help me to proclaim to the world the futility of all that would draw them from the Lord. Satisfy us only with you. Amen.”