ARE YOU UNIQUE?
4 I increased projects. I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself. 5 I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also increased the number of my herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure from kings and provinces. I provided for myself singers, both men and women, and many concubines, all the pleasures of the children of Adam. 9 So I became greater and exceeded all who were before me in Jerusalem.
all the pleasures
Solomon was not only a success, he was a success in numerous diverse ventures at the same time. He exceeded everyone who had preceded him in Jerusalem. He had a taste of all the pleasures that his people had ever known. The value of this knowledge is that it answers the objection of uniqueness. Do not think that you are driven because there is something in your DNA which makes you special. All of us are driven. Each of us seeks a certain pleasure, a certain objective. But the collector did not just try everything, he sought everything, and achieved it all.
Those of us who are still seeking need to know that Solomon found all these pleasures ultimately unsatisfying. There was yet another pleasure which he sought in his old age, because he wanted something that would last.
LORD, give us the wisdom to seek the pleasure of your presence, the experience of a relationship with you.