How much of our life has been lived “chasing the wind?” King Solomon had immense wealth, hundreds of wives and children, palaces, thousands of servants and the most powerful military in the world. After he obtained everything 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.” (Ecclesiastes 2:9-11) The man who had it ALL, said that ALL he had was like “striving after the wind!”

Do we, also, find ourselves striving after the wind? We dedicate our time to seeking satisfaction through obtaining money, relationships, education, positions, possessions—without seeking God’s will for our needs. Sure, these things are meant to satisfy us–but only within our relationship with 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.” (Ecclesiastes‬ ‭2:24-26)  Without God–nothing satisfies us!

God is our source of supreme satisfaction. When we seek Him first, He makes our life satisfying. Whether we’re pursuing a career, relationship, education or possessions–if we do it God’s way–we will be satisfied. God’s blessings are enjoyed most when they are enjoyed with Him. Apart from God, anything we pursue is chasing the wind.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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