Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Daily Devotion: The Heart of the Here and Now

Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 2:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 1 – “I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

Key Words: I said in mine heart, Go to now

J. Vernon McGee says of Ecclesiastes 2:1, “Solomon probably tried everything known in the way of pleasure. We are a sex-mad people. And what do we have to show for it? Well, we certainly have low morals, and we have venereal disease in epidemic proportions. Today the church has entered the field also. I suppose most pastors have a sermon on sex; some of them have a whole series.

“There are many who feel that the church should have a course to teach our young people about sex. I think that is a tragic mistake. This generation is getting sex right up to their ears — all they need and more. Now Solomon was an expert in the area of sex. He had one thousand wives and concubines, and they were all available to him. A man who had a thousand women around him is some sort of an expert. Solomon tried that way to seek satisfaction. Also he went in for drinking and for entertainment. I suppose he could have put on a performance that would make Las Vegas look like it was penny ante or just a sideshow in a small circus. Solomon went all out for pleasure. ‘I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure.’ But notice his conclusion: ‘Behold, this also is vanity’ — empty.”

What to do:
✞ There is pleasure in sin, but remember it is only for a season (a short while), then you will have to “face the music” (Hebrews 11:25).

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