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I make no apologies for this, but Solomon makes a difficult point–we all DIE! My pastor said it another way, “Nobody gets out of here alive!”  Solomon, as he was looking at all options, spoke to the obvious–clearly there are great advantages to seeking wisdom over folly.  It is as different as night and day! It is like walking as a sighted person versus walking blind. But, as one seeks wisdom or seeks folly, they will end in death.  Solomon realized that even the great things could not bring immortality. 

 
The great libraries across the world are stuffed with books and novels exposing men’s desire to be immortal and to be Superhuman–they chase science, philosophy, industry and folly.  In the end, however, it is always the same.  Well, that is the case with God out of the equation.  The great news is–that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is LORD; and believe that God has raised him from the dead–then we will be saved and have eternal life! Romans 10:9, Romans 6:23.
 
Solomon, point taken, is looking at the world apart from God–The fabulous news is that we do not have to! We know that Christ is the difference.  We will not leave this joint “alive” by the world standard; we will leave to join God in our new eternal bodies–not ravaged by sin and death. In that day, we will be free and we will see that the journey was not meaningless–it was epic! Help me, Lord, to keep the faith to know that you are the difference, and we are yours!
 
God Bless You
Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,
    and also madness and folly.
What more can the king’s successor do
    than what has already been done?
13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly,
    just as light is better than darkness.
14 The wise have eyes in their heads,
    while the fool walks in the darkness;
but I came to realize
    that the same fate overtakes them both.

15 Then I said to myself,

“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
    What then do I gain by being wise?”
I said to myself,
    “This too is meaningless.”
16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
    the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!