THE WISE MANS FINAL VERDICT!
“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit!” Ecclesiastes 1:14
Nothing can fully satisfy a person—but the Lord’s love and the Lord’s own self. Christians have tried other pursuits—but they have been driven out of such FATAL REFUGES.
Solomon, the wisest of men, was permitted to make experiments for us all; and to do for us—what we must not dare to do for ourselves. Here is his testimony in his own words, “So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And WHATSOEVER mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy! 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!” [Ecc 2:9-11]
What! Is the whole of it meaningless? O favored monarch—is there nothing in all your wealth? Nothing in that wide dominion reaching from the river even to the sea? Nothing in your glorious palaces? Is there nothing—in all your music and dancing, and wine and luxury? “Nothing!” he says, “but a chasing after the wind!” This was his final verdict—after he had trodden the WHOLE ROUND OF PLEASURE.
To embrace our Lord Jesus, to dwell in His love, and be fully assured of union with Him—this is ALL IN ALL.
Dear reader, you need not try other forms of pleasure in order to see whether they are better than Christ. If you roam the whole world—you will see no sights like a sight of the Savior’s face! If you could have all the comforts of life—without the Savior, you would be most wretched. But if you possess Christ—though you should rot in a dungeon—you would find it a paradise! Though you should live in obscurity, or die with famine—yet you would be satisfied with the favor and goodness of the Lord!