Good Intentions

This past Saturday my wife and I took our granddaughter to Tanners Orchard. We knew that she would enjoy the animals and other activities they have for children. We also wanted to have lunch at their restaurant and let her pick out a few things from the gift shop. But as we pulled up to the parking lot we noticed that it was empty. As we approached the main building we saw a sign that informed us they wouldn’t be opened until July 31. We intended to have a day of fun with our granddaughter at Tanners Orchard, but it didn’t happen.

The same thing often happens in life. We have good intentions, but they often go unfulfilled. Solomon, the third King of Israel had good intentions. He started his reign as king very well. As a young man God told him that He would give Solomon anything he wanted. Since Solomon was young and inexperienced, he asked for wisdom in leading the people. Since he asked for wisdom, instead of asking for fame or great wealth for himself, God granted him the wisdom he asked for as well as the fame and wealth he didn’t ask for. Solomon started off well. His intentions were good, but his good intentions didn’t last.


In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon writes about his life. He reports that he tried to find meaning and purpose through wine, women, and work, but he found it all meaningless. His pursuit for meaning and pleasure cost him dearly; he lost his relationship with God. He concludes the book of Ecclesiastes with this statement: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)


We intended to have a fun day at Tanners Orchard, but it wasn’t to be. To salvage the day, we went to the Peoria Zoo, and she loved it. It wasn’t too late for us.


Truth be told, it isn’t too late for any of us to salvage our lives either. As long as we have breath in our lungs, we can still find meaning and purpose in life by seeking God and His will. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or how far you’ve strayed from God, your life can still be salvaged. Just remember Solomon’s prescription: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man