Eccl. 2: 12-13.
12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
The meaning of these two verses: “I have fully examined everything known by science; I have experienced all the maddening pleasures of unbridled lusts; and I have fully enjoyed all mirth of folly. I have experienced these things to the utmost, more than any man before me; and no man after me will be able to exceed me in means and power of self-gratification.”
“Then I discovered that that there is no supreme good or lasting happiness in all the pursuits of science, no genuine satisfaction in unbridled lusts, no true joy to folly; and that wisdom excels folly as much as light excels darkness.”
Poor Solomon. He spent a great deal of time, energy, money, and emotional investment to try to find the answer to a happy life, and all the things he tried left him still seeking. He even realized that no one who comes after him will ever exceed his own search for self-gratification. That’s an amazing statement, isn’t it? Especially in our day and time, when self-gratification seems to be the only aim of so many. The “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die” mentality has taken over the minds of way too many people. Limitless time and incredible amounts of money are spent to satisfy the physical and emotional cravings of mankind. Alcohol. Drugs. Sexual pleasure. Movies. Video games. The list is endless, and even includes the pursuit of the most strange and exotic foods, because our appetites are sated with too much of everyday fare.
So far, what he has learned is that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
The picture I used today caught my attention because of the strong contrast between what seems like utter darkness; but the darkness is conquered by a sliver of moonlight cast onto the snow.
Darkness of the soul and spirit can be changed by the light of the Word of God, and the whole landscape changes.