I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. Eccl. 1:12-13
After his opening statement of his results, the Preacher gives evidence as to why he should be the one that we should listen to. His proof carries a lot of weight.
No one knows if it was really Solomon who wrote this book or not, but Solomon is all over its pages. If you read chapter 2:1-11 you will see testimony to the great riches of the greatest king of Israel, Solomon. He testifies to great building plans, great riches, many slaves and concubines, surpassing anyone else before him. He had it all.
The reason he had it all was to see if it really satisfied, under the sun. This isn’t the only area that he searched through in his quest; he searched out wisdom and toil and folly and many other areas. That was his quest, to apply his heart to seek out and search out all that is done under heaven to see if anything would satisfy.
The Preacher is worth listening to because he did it all, he experienced it all, he had it all. He didn’t just think about or study it, he lived it. He had the ability and means to experience everything, so the results that he discovered are wise and verified.
Let me encourage you to continue to read along and listen to what God might say to you through the Preacher.
You can find the previous posts in this series here.