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09/02/2009

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Searching For Happiness


"I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly----my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives" (Eccl. 2:3).

Every July in my hometown, the carnival would arrive. Complete with rides, good food, games and shows..What a time of fun! You could even but a raffle ticket for the chance to win a brand new Oldsmobile..The whole town would be there and visitors from neighboring towns..All seeking to have a good time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. People go fishing, camping, bird watching, to ball games and water parks, all in the name of having fun. All of these things are what they are...A few moments of fun, but not true and lasting happiness.

Solomon tried to tackle the age old problem of true happiness, and certainly had the resources to give it a go, and was more than willing to utilize them. First he asked God for wisdom and God complied. He wanted discernment to understand justice. This wisdom gave him the ability to solve very difficult problems (1 Kings 3:16-28). In the long run he said this; "I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind" (Eccl. 1:18). He turned to writing. (Over 3,000 proverbs and 1,000 songs) "Of making many books there is no end and much study wearies the body" (12:12). I told you he had a lot of resources, as perhaps the richest of all the kings. Lots of gold, silver and animals.... Conclusion? "Wealth is hard to acquire, gives no real pleasure and soon vanishes."

Solomon had it all! He was able to look for happiness in worldly pleasures...It is the real wine, women and song story carried out to its fullest. But as he reflected all was vanity. Even the happiness of power as the ruler of a mighty nation didn't do it for him. As this quest comes to its end Solomon writes the conclusion of the matter in chapter 12: 13 & 14. In our relationship with our God we can achieve real happiness. "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior" (Hab. 3:18)...."For the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Neh. 8:10). I can't tell you any better than the Word does where to find real happiness...

Have a great day....Make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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