A Surface deep person is someone who is shallow. You scratch a little below the surface, and you find something completely different. Some people go to great lengths and expense making their outward appearance look just right. The problem is that there is nothing underneath. We need to make sure we are not surface deep but build ourselves from the inside out.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
Ends in Bitterness
Solomon wrote Proverbs at the beginning of his reign as a king, Ecclesiastes was written at the end of his reign. You can tell the difference in the tone of each book. This verse is the theme of the whole book. Solomon is a man who had everything and is ending his life a bitter old man. Nothing has satisfied his life as he walked away from the Lord. The man blessed with all the wisdom in the world had chosen self-fulfillment. Nothing held any value to him. He died an empty man
We can end up in the same boat as Solomon if we chase after all the things the world tells us we need. We will be bitter and empty if all we do is focus on making ourselves happy. The only thing that will satisfy our hungry souls is Jesus Christ. We can have fame, friends, and fortune and still be left searching for the true meaning of life. Seek the real life that Jesus has for us. Devote your life to worshipping Christ, loving others, and serving. This is where true happiness resides.