Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and his wealth was unequaled. He was world renowned and sought after by kings and rulers. He spent his life in pursuit of life’s meaning through education, the accumulation of wealth, and the indulgences of pleasure (food, wine, women and song). Yet, after all of his accomplishments and acquisitions, he found no lasting satisfaction in any of it. His assessment of life is summarized in this famous quote from
Ec. 1:2, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
Ecclesiastes 1:2-4, 1:17-18; 2:3-11, 2:17-19; 12:13; Matt. 16:26
…Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do…(Ec 12:13)
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? (Matt 16:26)
We were created to hunger, both physically and spiritually. Within each of us is a deep longing for fulfillment, love, security and purpose. Most of our energy is spent seeking things that will satisfy this hunger. Our culture values money, power, fame, sex, food, and every form of self-indulgence. “If it feels good do it” is the mantra of our society. We seek the physical and material to try and fill a hunger that is spiritual. However, no matter what we gain or achieve, all accomplishments and conquests will simply leave us looking for and wanting more. God designed us to be fulfilled through a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is in that relationship that true, lasting fulfillment is found.
Have you ever spent a lot of time to gain or attain something that provided temporary satisfaction but soon left you wanting more? What are your immediate goals? How do you imagine these will bring satisfaction? What are your life goals? How do you imagine these will bring satisfaction? How does ending well look to you?
Take a look at what you spend your time pursuing. Consider whether your pursuit is God honoring and whether you are on a path toward empty attainment or spiritual fulfillment.
I want to grow in my relationship with you, Lord. I want my life to have fulfillment and purpose. Guide me in paths that lead to inner satisfaction and peace. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.