What did Solomon learn from all of his wealth and power, the same as Macbeth, “that is but a walking shadow, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” Don’t chase after the worldly delights that fuel others greed and your demise but seek to do good.
Excerpt form Joshua Becker’s Minimalist Christianity devotional:
Solomon experimented with seeing if possessions and money would bring happiness. His experiment failed. What if we tried a different experiment? What if we tried to live with only what we need for the true purposes of our lives?
The best way to tell the difference between a need and a want is to try doing without something for a while. If you’re not sure whether you want to get rid of something completely, put it in the garage or a closet for a month. If you don’t miss it, you don’t need it.
Society promotes Solomon’s kind of experimentation: spend as much on yourself as you can. And like Israel’s richest king, many people are headed toward a sense of disillusionment and futility.
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 ESV