Then I despised everything I had worked for on earth, that is, the things that I will leave to the person who will succeed me. 19 And who knows whether he will be wise or foolish? Either way, he will take possession of everything that I have done on earth, especially where I have excelled. This also is pointless. 20 So I came to be in despair about everything I had accomplished on earth. 21 For sometimes people who strive to obtain wisdom, knowledge, and equity leave everything as an inheritance to a person who never worked for it. This, too, is pointless and greatly troublesome. 22 For what does a person gain from everything that he accomplishes and from his inner life struggles that he undergoes while working on earth? 23 Indeed, all of his days are filled with sorrow, and his struggles bring grief. In fact, his mind remains restless throughout the night. This is pointless, too!
King Solomon was showing that hard work bears no lasting fruits. The people who focus on gaining money and possessions; this will not only be pointless, but will be left behind when you die. The people that will receive the blessings from your hard work, will have done nothing to deserve it. Also that your money and possessions may not be cared for and everything you worked so hard for will be gone. This is an important message to understand before it is too late.
Solomon’s son in 1 Kings 12, made a foolish decision that split up the kingdom that Solomon worked so hard to keep together. Rehoboam refused to listen to his senior counsel and told his people that he would burden them more than his father did. This caused a lot of strife within the kingdom and it split up because of it.
As you see, someone’s hard work was disassembled by only one foolish decision from the next generation. Rehoboam was wanting to glorify himself instead of God. Working hard when done right is important. You should do this to take care of your family while honoring God. As a king or the head of your household, you must ensure that your loved ones are provided for both spiritually and physically. Our children must be taught this lesson. This way they will not make the same mistake as Solomon’s son Rehoboam made and lost everything his father worked hard for. We need to ensure we teach our children that pointless labor bares no fruit. We need to share with them what the Lord commands of us to learn. Then ensure they pass it down to their children.
Take these commands to heart and keep them in mind, tying them as reminders on your arm and as bands on your forehead. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them while sitting in your house, walking on the road, or when you are about to lie down or get up.
Remember that we are responsible for teaching our children all of the lessons that we learn from the bible. Our children learn from our actions. Teach them the Lord’s commands daily and that they must work hard to glorify our Heavenly Father. If you fail to teach them this, your hard work and theirs will all be done in vain.