I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility.
The extent to which you understand your identity in Christ will directly affect the pleasures you choose to pursue. As a young man, I was taught that the world’s understanding of pleasures would mold me into an ungodly man if I was not careful to avoid them. Do your pleasures control your identity today, or does your identity in Christ have control over your pleasures?
There were not many pleasures in Solomon’s day that he had not experimented with at one point or another. Chapter two is his testimony to this fact. It is important for us to learn two lessons from Solomon in this chapter.
1) Not all of Solomon’s “pleasures” were wrong in and of themselves. One can hardly blame a guy for enjoying his laughter. The larger problem becomes evident when we realize that Solomon was using his laughter as a gauge in his search for significance.
2) Whether the pleasures Solomon sought were inherently good or not, they all ended in futility because not one of them was based in his identity as a child of God. You must make certain that your confidence comes from God and not from the pleasures you enjoy.
So what makes you tick today? Do you define yourself as a comedian, an athlete, or an “A” student? If so, what happens the day no one laughs at your jokes, you break your leg, or you bomb a final exam? Does your life go down the drain along with the meaningless pleasures on which you based your identity? We must all learn from Solomon’s mistakes! If our self-worth is based on any pleasure other than being a Child of God, it will only be a matter of time before it all comes crashing down.