Young Solomon was a guy out for a good time—a real party animal. His father was the king and he followed in his dad’s footsteps, and became king himself. Not bad work if you can get it.
When you are the king, you can do pretty much what you want to do. Solomon decided to live the “good life.” He spent all of his time and energy searching for the ultimate good time. His search for pleasure left him empty.
Next, he turned to the bottle, trying to find relief from his disappointment. He had access to the finest wines and he drank them. He didn’t get any relief and judged his time in the bottle as a foolish way to live.
Solomon got pretty serious after he turned from wine and pleasure seeking. He threw himself into his work. He built huge homes and gardens and worked hard at being king. His kingdom increased and became greater than any other king before him, but his accomplishments didn’t bring him any satisfaction.
Here is Solomon’s thoughts: “So I decided there is noth…