10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.               Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

It’s so easy to live for ourselves in life, isn’t it? We pursue so many things that we believe will bring us happiness. The question I’ve been asking myself is, “If I had everything I wanted in life, would I be happy? I found my answer…

I encourage you to read Ecclesiastes 2. Solomon said this:

  • I denied myself no pleasure
  • I tried to find purpose by building large homes for myself, and large vineyards.
  • I bought slaves, cattle, herds, and flocks, so I had more than any other King.
  • I had huge sums of Silver and Gold
  • I had many concubines
  • I had EVERYTHING a man could desire.
  • I became greater than anyone in Jerusalem who had lived before me
  • Anything I wanted, I took

I don’t know about you, but I think  if I had half of those things, I’d be happy, but what was the result of living for himself, denying himself nothing, and getting everything he wanted?

In verse 17 he says, “I came to hate my life . . . Everything is so meaningless.”

He went onto discover something huge. He said, “Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? 26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him.”

If you live your life for you, saying “I want, I need, I, I, I.” You, like Solomon, will end up hating your life. We all have to come to the same conclusion he did, that true happiness is from the hand of God. Apart from Him, we can’t enjoy anything. So let’s quit focusing on ourselves, and start focusing on Him. Only then, will we start to enjoy life the way God intended us to enjoy it, in pursuit of Him instead of pursuit of our petty desires.



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