The World Is Not Enough! (The Search for Happiness)
Jesse M. Hendley
0ur subject today is, "This World is Not Enough." This world is NOT ENOUGHI In Ecclesiastes, chapter 1, we read the words of the preacher, the son of David, King in Jerusalem. Of course, the "preacher" here doesn't mean preacher as we know it today. This refers to Solomon, the writer of this book of Ecclesiastes. He was a man who gathered together wonderful words of wisdom and wise sayings that would "teach" people. There was a sad disparity between his wisdom in the teaching of these proverbs AND HIS LIFE. He was the son of David and now king in Jerusalem. Jesus, you remember, referred to Solomon: "Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these (flowers of the field)."
Well, here is what the preacher says. "Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, all is vanity." What he is saying is, THIS WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE HUMAN SOUL. It is not enough for Solomon and it is not enough for you.
Let's see why Solomon said this. "I said in mine heart, Go to, now. I will prove thee with mirth. Therefore, enjoy pleasure. And, behold, this also is vanity. I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly till I might see what was that good for the sons of men which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
"I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards; I made me gardens and orchards and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits. I made me pools of water to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees. I got me servants and maidens and had servants born in my house. Also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me.
"I gathered me also silver and gold and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces. I got me men singers and women singer ...
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