This topic was preached by pastor LI, HSIN-TE at TJC Jingmei Church, written as this article by CHANG, PING-HSING.
King Solomon have once asked for wisdom from the Lord. And the Lord granted him wisdom, power and wealth. He remained in the throne of Israel for decades, and Israel became the most powerful nation around during his reign.
Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon. Ecclesiastes contains the wisdom of his life, we can learn a lot from it.
The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it arose.
The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; The wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit.
All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; To the place from which the rivers come, there they return again.
All the world is constantly cycling. Sunrise-sunset, wind and water cycle are all endless. There is nothing new under the sun, and things that we face now have happened before.
However, everything in the world is ever-changing. The same things can always appear with different appearances, making the world colorful but also full of crisis.
The power of human is limited compared to the world. We shall not pursuit things forcefully, just follow the right path according to the Bible.
I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me.
I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.
Of course, Solomon did not give up on himself because he thought he was too weak. He still tries his best to prepare for himself and his own country.
Israel is lack of water resources, Solomon constructed massive water conservancy construction, so that agriculture have more adequate and stable water source. In addition, he also accumulated population and wealth, reserving productivity and currency.
We should learn from the wisdom of Solomon and properly plan the future while respecting the laws of the world. Do the right thing and do it right.