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If we are not going to trust God, who should we trust? Who will we trust? This is not a new question. King Solomon dealt with it in the Book of Ecclesiastes 1 NASB – The Futility of All Endeavors – The – Bible Gateway long ago.

Instead of living his life under Heaven — trusting in God — Solomon tried to live his life under the sun. That is, Solomon tried various alternatives to God: sex, stuff, science, state, and/or self. The Book of Ecclesiastes 1 NASB – The Futility of All Endeavors – The – Bible Gateway records what Solomon learned, the futility of putting our trust in anything or anyone except God.

From the perspective of God, the idolization sex, stuff, science, state, and/or self is nothing new under the sun. Yet every generation of man must learn for itself the futility of putting age-old idols of…

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  1. Doug,

    I’m not too sure politicians would last 30 days under his reign because Solomon did not have much regard for empty suit politiciansm kuje Biden when compared to Trumps accomplishments…

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

  2. “Sad. All his writings have wound up being futile because of our vaniities to believe we know better than the ancients.”

    And these “ancients” had no vanities? I respect you like the guy and appreciate his notable quotes, but he wouldn’t last 30 days as a politician in our times… primarily because he’d never have gotten vetted for all his own immoral and criminal dealings during his day. Tom stated that above. From what I know about the guy his middle name could have been “vanity”. He was an authoritarian dictator… who managed to spew out some novel tidbits that someone carved into stone and it lasted the ages. But to presume he was any more “smart-ter” than a similar person of stature in these times.. is a bit of a stretch. As for any spiritual assigns to him through the Bible, not for me to challenge any of that.
    But I will acknowledge this much, given the simplicity of the ancient times (note I did NOT suggest it was “easy” living back then) without our modern tech and conveniences, having tapped deeply to make science work for us… some of the things that they are quoted to have said that have passed the test of time draw from a simple observation of the existence of man INSIDE of nature… and not outside. Look at us now… we might have destroyed the place we built for only us to survive…. and even our own future as a species is in question.

  3. Tom,

    Excellent synopsis of King Solomon.

    Now if only his story could be taught in depth to appropriate age schoolchildren.

    Perhaps a lot of us might have understood why we should not make the same mistakes in our lives that Solomon discerned as folly of chasing after the wind of our vanities.

    Only to wind up realizing when we grow old how we allowed the best seasons in our lives be wasted under the sun enjoying all the blessings of life given to them when we born.

    And in spite of all his writings to advise us not to emulate his follies, we repeat the same follies in our lives. For example

    “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

    “Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? (Ecclesiastes 2:12)

    We need school choice, in my opinion, because to teach anything in the Bible is unlawful according to the ruling of the Supreme Court.

    Sad. All his writings have wound up being futile because of our vaniities to believe we know better than the ancients.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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