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Never leave empty

As Solomon assesses his life, he realizes that everything culture told him would bring him happiness turns up empty. Over the years, he built houses with endless amounts of property and amassed more livestock, silver, gold, servants and women than any king before him. In the end, Solomon says his effort was as wasted as if he had been chasing after the wind.

Being wealthy is not a sin, but we get into trouble when we base our identity on our blessings instead of the one who blessed us. After denying himself nothing, Solomon learned that everything under the sun is meaningless compared to knowing the Lord. We can fill our lives with bigger houses, bigger boats and faster cars, but none of it will fill the part of our hearts that is desperate to find meaning and value. There will always be something newer and better to leave us wanting more. 

That’s why Solomon cautions us to find our purpose in our position as God’s children, not in our possessions or professions. The security and self-worth our souls long for can only be found in the love of God. Ephesians 3:18-19 says God’s love is so deep and so full that it surpasses our comprehension. It never runs out, never grows obsolete and never leaves us stranded.


  • How would you describe yourself in a three sentences or less? In what do you find your identity?
  • Think about where you place your time, energy and money. Do your actions and attitudes reflect a life devoted to Jesus or to the blessings He’s given you?

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