Ecclesiastes details Solomon’s pursuit of pleasure. He constructed a palace so opulent it staggered world leaders; accumulated innumerable jewels and possessions; pursued advanced studies; and was with a different woman every day. He explored it all, yet with tears of frustration. God designed us so that we cannot find fulfillment or lasting enjoyment apart from this eternity. The more we try to satisfy our deepest longing by good and bad horizontal means, the more likely we are to miss God’s vertical invitation to experience Him. Do you sense that same longing in your soul? Have you known the emptiness of looking for satisfaction in the next raise or relationship or reward? Look to the Lord. He has the answer.
1. How have I found Solomon’s discovery to be true—that no earthly pleasure truly satisfies my soul?
2. Even knowing this futility, where am I spending myself on the pursuit of earthly pleasures?
Challenge: This week when the challenge comes (and it will) to be dissatisfied and longing, try picking up your Bible and praying to the Lord. He may just change the source of that longing.