Pursuing things without Jesus

[25]For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? (Yes without God sino ang sasaya?) [26] For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, (galing naman!!) while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting (nkakapagod kapag ganun) so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind. From: Ecclesiastes 2:25-26 NASB

Ecclesiastes shows that certain paths in life lead to emptiness. This profound book also helps us discover true purpose in life. Such wisdom can spare us from the emptiness that results from a life without God. Solomon teaches that people will not find meaning in life through knowledge, money, pleasure, work, or popularity. True satisfaction comes from knowing that what we are doing is part of God’s purpose for our lives. This is a book that can help free us from our scramble for power, approval, and money, and draw us closer to God.

Solomon’s personal experience
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 NASB All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. [11] Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.Ecclesiastes 2:17-20 NASB So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind. [18] Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me. [19] And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity. [20] Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.

Solomon’s Realization:
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 NASB There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. [25] For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? [26] For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.

• Solomon searched for satisfaction almost as though he was conducting a scientific experiment. Through this process, he discovered that life without God is a long and fruitless search for enjoyment, meaning, and fulfillment. True happiness is not in our power to attain because we always want more than we can have. In addition, there are circumstances beyond our control that can snatch away our possessions or attainments.

• No pleasure or happiness is possible without God.

EXPLANATION:
Solomon shows how empty it is to pursue the pleasures that this life has to offer rather than seek to have a relationship with the eternal God. The search for pleasure, wealth, and success is ultimately disappointing. Nothing in the world can fill the emptiness and satisfy the deep longings in our restless hearts.

IMPORTANCE: The cure for emptiness is to center on God. His love also can fill the emptiness of human experience. Fear God throughout your life, and fill your life with serving God and others rather than with selfish pleasures.

To ponder:
Would you be happier if you had more money, fame, or power? Solomon wasn’t (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2; 1:12-15; 2:1-11). The world tells us to demand happiness, to do all we can to attain it, and to make personal satisfaction our chief goal. The world holds out many promises, all of which require dependence on some thing or experience that won’t last. Solomon had attained everything the world thought he needed to guarantee happiness and fulfillment, but reflecting back on his life, he discovered that his wealth, power, position, wives, and accomplishments had not made him happy or brought meaning to his life. In contrast to the world’s view, the Bible says that true and lasting happiness comes from pleasing God. (Eventually Solomon found this to be true.) Real happiness can only be received through a right relationship with God.

(taken from the Life Application Bible and The One Year Devotional available in Amazon and iTunes)

Personal note: Jesus was never mentioned here in Ecclesiastes so why did I refer Jesus as the God we need to have a relationship with? The Bible says “John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – Therefore to have a relationship with God is to have a relationship with Jesus, there is no other way for He says I AM THE WAY, (not one of the ways).. 😀 for more clarification, join us in the “KNOW JESUS series – Jesus Unboxed” God bless!

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