I said to myself, “Have fun and enjoy yourself!” But this didn’t make
sense. Laughing and having fun is crazy. What good does it do? I
wanted to find out what was best for us during the short time we have
on this earth. So I decided to make myself happy with wine and find
out what it means to be foolish, without really being foolish myself. I
also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by
planting beautiful vineyards. I made gardens and parks, filling them
with all kinds of fruit trees. I built reservoirs to collect the water to
irrigate my many flourishing groves. I owned slaves, and their sons
and daughters became my slaves. I had more sheep and goats than
anyone who had ever lived in Jerusalem. Foreign rulers brought me
silver, gold, and precious treasures. Men and women sang for me, and
I had many wives who gave me great pleasure. I was the most famous
person who had ever lived in Jerusalem, and I was very wise. I got
whatever I wanted and did whatever made me happy. But most of all, I
enjoyed my work. As I looked at everything I had worked so hard to
accomplish, I realized it was all so meaningless—like chasing the
wind. There was nothing really worthwhile that I had done.
I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to
find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from
the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?
I have come so that you may have life and live life to the fullest.
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the
other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot
serve God and be enslaved to money. “That is why I tell you not to
worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink,
or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body
more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or
store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t
you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add
a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing?
Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or
make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as
beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for
wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he
will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t
worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we
drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of
unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he
will give you everything you need.