He is a Fool Who Grills a Pound of Butter

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. -Ecclesiastes 2:11

There was no profit under the sun.Solomon’s treasures were not so much those of wealth or power, (though he had both,) as the treasures of wisdom and the pleasures of the body. Solomon had all things that could delight the mind, please the eye, and charm the body; he had but to speak, and music chanted the sweetest air that Israel’s psalmody could give; he had but to lift his finger, and noble armies followed him, and treasures were spread beneath his feet. The wines of every vintage were quaffed from his bowl, and maidens gathered from every clime awaited his command; he was master over men-he was lord…he was a wise man: he knew where to search for earth’s happiness, and he found it. Solomon, what didst thou find? O! thou preacher, open thy lips, and tell us. “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity;” thus saith the preacher. Oh! my friends, if we could have all the pleasures of the flesh we desire, I question whether they would be, in themselves, a profit; but of this I am certain, that compared with the loss of our soul, it would, indeed, be a dreadful loss. I think that if many of us could indulge all the pleasure of the body we desire, we should destroy our bodies, and actually waste our happiness. Many a man has hunted his pleasures too fast to win them; many a racer has lost the prize by overstraining in the contest; and many a man might have had more pleasure, even to the body, if he had been more moderate in seeking it. He is a fool who grills a pound of butter; the rake does that; he grills himself away by too fast pleasures, and wastes his life till it is gone, and there is nothing left of it. Ah! if ye could have all the world of sensual delights, and if ye had all the wisdom of men, apart from the grace of God to restrain your pleasures, I believe you would find it then to be a dead loss…”It would not profit you if you had the whole world, and should lose your own soul.”~ C.H. Spurgeon



4 thoughts on “He is a Fool Who Grills a Pound of Butter

  1. The things of this world provide a pleasure, but it is only “surface satisfaction.” This is the lesson which Solomon was learning and teaching at the same time. Only the things of God and heaven have a lasting quality…


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