Solomon is above all things a philosopher. It is true that he was used as God’s instrument to administer justice (in history he lands as a pretty just, peaceful ruler), but he also is a supreme example of a life philosopher – who eventually runs amuck. He is the ultimate conundrum of spiritually and carnality. His personal greatness is overshadowed by his inability to “practice what he preached.”
Solomon teaches us about the emptiness of having, doing, and being, and of the meaningless futility of life apart from God.
Sit back and savor the words of this sage, and reflect upon a life well-lived – and completely squandered. His life has put me on notice about never giving up on my daily reliance upon God. And to live “circumspectly.”