The Vanity of Pleasure #259

1  I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. 2  I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?” (Ecclesiastes 2:1-2)

Having wisely deduced that material possessions neither satisfy the flesh nor the soul, King Solomon also considered whether the purpose of life could be found in pleasure. There too, he found “this also was vanity”. Many still run after the pleasure this life affords, making it their priority. Yet, “even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of mirth may be grief” (Prov. 14:13). Pleasure does not prevent life’s sorrows, and it certainly cannot prevent the soul’s demise due of sin. Enjoy the good pleasures of life, but keep them in perspective. True and lasting joy is found in the Lord Jesus Christ – the joy that “no one will take from you” (Jno. 16:22).