Week One – Day 5 – Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 SOAP v. 11
All my life long I had panted – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXdkZFl0UmA
9 So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil.11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
O- The end result of Solomon’s search for pleasure? He was great – and “better” than all those who were kings before him. He was wise. He had whatever pleasures he wanted – what he wanted, he got. He got pleasure from work – but that pleasure was his reward. So – he thought about all that he did, the hard work to “get there” – and it was all vanity, striving after wind.
A – How sad to come to the end of life and realize that all the pleasure, all the work, all the striving to be the best – was for naught. To spend a life – and have nothing of value. Wanting is a need that is never quenched! Searching for meaning ends in nothingness. I want value in my life! I want it to count! It is only in Jesus Christ that I can find worth, value, and meaning. “Hallelujah! I have found Him whom my soul so long has craved!!” We sang this song last night at the Maunday Thursday service – it ministered to me. I had not heard this version of the hymn, but the words just washed over me. I walked away, knowing that in Jesus, in His blood, in His sacrifice – I have life, true life!
P – Father God, thank You for the satisfaction that can be found in You. Father, in You is life, true life, life everlasting. Today, Jesus, on this Good Friday morning, I remember Your sacrifice – for me. You did not seek honor or glory or pleasure – You gave Yourself. You did not spend Your life looking for meaning – You KNEW that it was in a relationship with God. And You gave Yourself for me, so that I could have that same relationship with Him. Thank You. Thank You.
- All my life long I had panted
For a draught from some cool spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.
Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings;
Through His life I now am saved.
- Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.
- Poor I was, and sought for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.
- Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life, so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.
Chasing After the Wind – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYuF0vRDfyM&list=PLBb5wuYEzY3VjVmo_udlhMmdoTOUwsvwV&index=12 (based on the movie – THE SONG – can be viewed free on Amazon Prime!)