King Solomon pursued several unrelated goals in a vain attempt to satisfy himself. The Book of Ecclesiastes provides a good look at someone who didn’t find the contentment that only comes from living a life according to God’s purposes. Fulfillment continually escaped him. He attempted to solve an inward void with an outward solution. The old axiom remains true: If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. This was certainly true of Solomon’s futile attempts to reach his varied goals.
Solomon eventually did narrow his focus, but it took him a life time of empty pursuits before he got it right. In the last chapter of Ecclesiastes he finally determined what really mattered. How about you? Have you figured out what is your priorities should be for this year? What will be the basis for your decisions this year in the use of your time, talent, and treasures?
In the Abundant Life Sunday school class we will be looking at “Redeeming the Time in 2009.” This series will help us to evaluate our priorities and narrow our focus so we don’t make the same mistake Solomon did. When we come to the end of 2009 we want to have a sense of accomplishment, fulfillment and satisfaction all to the glory of God. Let’s not waste this year in futility, rather, let’s focus like a laser on building for eternity. In chapter 1 Solomon wrote, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” But by the end of this great book he wrote, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” When 2009 is history will you and I look back and say it was all vanity or will we glory in His grace that allowed us to the sent treasures ahead that wait us at the Bema Seat? It’s my prayer that this study will help you set godly goals that flow out of your God given roles and then are scheduled into prioritized tasks to help you “redeem the time!”
PB & J