Have you ever wanted something really bad, yet when you finally got it you weren’t that impressed?
Remember when you were 15 and you counted down the days until you turned 16 so you could drive without adult supervision? Driving alone is cool and all until you get a flat or the rain is so strong you can’t see five feet ahead.
My freshman year of college, I wrote a blog post titled, “The Chase.” The whole post discussed how I found myself constantly wishing I was in the next season of life, yet when I got to that season I found myself already wishing for the next. When we live this way we are cycling our life instead of building it.
“The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.” | Ecclesiastes 1:5-8
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself focused on landing my dream job, a God-fearing husband, a beautiful home (Farmhouse, please!) and adorable children. Yes — it is good to have aspirations and be driven to work toward these dreams — but when I allow myself to believe these worldly things will bring me satisfaction and fulfillment, I’m in big trouble.
There’s a guy in the Bible who is a lot like us. His life consisted of racking up possessions, experiences, power and pleasure. Imagine getting to the end of your life and realizing all of it was meaningless. All the sweat and tears you shed while working to build your kingdom no longer mattered.
Meet King Solomon.
In Ecclesiastes, we hear his reflection on his life. He realizes that all he had obtained and accomplished during his life was not the ultimate prize.
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” | Ecclesiastes 1:2
I am 100% guilty of wanting a comfortable life with a wonderful husband, nice car, cute kids and maybe even a vacation home. Do I think these things will bring me momentary happiness? Yeah, sure. But, I must constantly remind myself these secular things are not what I can rely on for true satisfaction and fulfillment; anything I obtain on this Earth will never bring me true joy — that is found in God alone.
My friends, Jesus is enough! He alone will bring us the fulfillment we have been seeking. First, we have to let go of our tight grasp on our worldly possessions and dreams. Then we can incline our hearts to Heaven, go open handed to the King and give Him the space to change our hearts’ deepest desires
“I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.” | Ecclesiastes 3:14