King Solomon, throughout his life, sought to fill the emptiness of his soul by submitting to his heart, so the frustration was certain and great, like many who do not seek the Word of the Most High, the Only One capable of performing such a transformation, the Holy Spirit.
“I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.” Ecclesiastes 2:3
Here, he resolves in his heart to indulge in wine to gratify his flesh.
“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.” Ecclesiastes 2:8
In this verse, he gathered riches and more riches without success.
“Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor.” Ecclesiastes 2:10
In this, he satisfies all the desires of his heart, and he is deceived.
“Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done. And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:11
Finally, he discovers that everything in this world is pure vanity and grasping for the wind, unlike his father David, who considered the Presence of the Most High more important than his silver, his gold and the king's crown.
“Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” Psalm 51:11,12
When he was wrong, David was not concerned about losing his status, but about losing the anointing of the Spirit of God, so he was forgiven and considered a man after the Lord's own heart.
“…I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” Acts 13:22
Moral of the history, salvation is not in the abundance of goods, prestige, fame or money in a bank account, but in a sincere surrender and in the recognition that the Lord Jesus is the only One who can save the lost, when he recognizes his insignificance and cries out humbly for help.
God bless you!
Bishop Sergio Corrêa