“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor. 10:11.
Over the past week I have been studying the life of Solomon. Ellen White wrote a series of twenty-three Review and Herald articles called “Lessons from the Life of Solomon” which shows me that there is much to learn from his life.
In his early years he was faithful to God, but slowly started drifting away by the attractions of the world, relying on self, and forgetting God. Solomon allowed “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” to rein in his life instead of God. [1 John 2:16]. Later in life he came to his senses and realized his great need of God. It is then that he wrote the book of “Ecclesiastes” where he tells about his life experience in the riches of the world and how it is all vanity. The servant of the Lord says the following:
“The book of Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon in his old age, after he had fully proven that all the pleasures earth is able to give are empty and unsatisfying. He there shows how impossible it is for the vanities of the world to meet the longings of the soul. His conclusion is that it is wisdom to enjoy with gratitude the good gifts of God, and to do right; for all our works will be brought into judgments.” HR, June 1, 1878
“Solomon’s autobiography is a mournful one. He gives us the history of his search for happiness. He engaged in intellectual pursuits; he gratified his love for pleasure; he carried out his schemes of commercial enterprise. He was surrounded by the fascinating splendor of court life. All that the carnal heart could desire was at his command; yet he sums up his experience in this sad record: [then she quotes Ecclesiastes 1:14 – 2:11]” HR, June 1, 1878
I encourage you to take some time and study about the life of Solomon. God has given us the testimony of Solomon to help us on life’s journey so that we will not be drawn away by things of this world in pursuit of happiness. And if you know someone who is drifting away from God, dabbling in the world, vainly searching for happiness, share with them the story of Solomon.