The idol of pleasure is worshipped across this great land that we live in. We have been taught that we deserve to be happy and that happiness should be the driving force in everything that we do. As a parent, I am not happy when I have to discipline my children, but it must happen if I want them to one day be happy. Solomon chases after all the pleasures of his world to see if he found meaning in it. He imbibed in wine and built a harem. He sought pleasure in a bottle and in his favorite hobbies. He took advantage of every possible human pleasure and found that each one lacks meaning. Our bodies feel good for a short time, and our confidence might even be boosted for a little longer time, but in the end, we return to the “real” world and crash. Solomon again concludes that life is “meaningless and a chasing after the wind.” He also seeks meaning in wisdom and work and still finds it vanity. Finally, Solomon admits that “a man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work.” All three are gifts from God who is the One that brings meaning to everything that we do. He also admit that “to the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness.” The wisest man to ever walk on this earth gives us life-changing insight into our relationship with God. It not only provides an eternal home in heaven, but also an incredible life on this earth that actually makes an impact. What will make heaven even more heavenly? Seeing all the people that you had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with who are enjoying life eternal with you. That is real impact and that brings meaning to our lives.

Help me, Lord, to stop seeking meaning in pleasure, human wisdom, or work. Help me to please You in all that I do so that You can give me Your wisdom, knowledge, and happiness.