From Volume 2 of Essential Faith: How much of our life has been lived in the vanity and dissatisfaction of “chasing the wind?” Solomon—who was perhaps, the richest man who ever lived–had hundreds of wives and concubines, children, gold, houses, thousands of servants and the most powerful military force of his time. He had it all! Before he had all these things, he had been given the gift of wisdom from God. After he had obtained everything and anything he ever desired, he wrote: “So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” (Ecc. 2:9-11) Although he had it ALL, he called it “striving after the wind.” We live so much of our lives dedicated to obtaining money, friends, relationships, significance, possessions—all of which we think will give us joy. However, we forget that the things God has given us to enjoy do not bring joy–apart from God! Solomon wrote: “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.” (Ecc. 2:24-26) Today, we have a choice–chase the wind of fulfilling our own personal desires; or, chase the satisfaction which comes from living in the center of His will. This choice begins when we awaken and then continues as we resolve throughout the day to do His will. When we choose to please Him, He is faithful to give satisfaction, wisdom, strength and joy! If we wish to be fully satisfied and to leave a legacy which lasts longer than a gust of wind we need to seek God’s will each hour of the day.