The temporal things which we anxiously strive for may bring us momentary happiness, but they will never give us lasting joy. If we think about whatever we desire the most—financial freedom, a powerful position, possessions, a fantastic relationship, or perfect children—we are deceived if we believe these things will give us “happy ever after.” In the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, who had every possible worldly desire granted, never found satisfaction in any of it!

He pursued satisfaction in the exact same things we do today and, unlike many of us, he had the power and resources to get anything his heart desired! He had it all: Cutting edge knowledge of science and nature (1:4-11), materialistic wisdom (1:12-18), beautiful homes and opulent gardens (2:4-6), herds of livestock (2:7), art and music (2:8), hundreds of the most beautiful women (2:8), modern philosophy (3:1-15), a good reputation, children and immense wealth (chapter 6).

Solomon possessed everything we seek and found it unsatisfying. At the end of his seeking, he turned to God for satisfaction. In the turning point of the Book of Ecclesiastes, he says: “I know that it will be well with those who fear God.” (8:12b) He concluded the Book with: “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (12:13)

Why did Solomon speak of “fearing God?” That doesn’t sound satisfying—right? That’s because the world has deluded us into thinking that God doesn’t love us and that He doesn’t want us to be joyful. So, we run around pursuing lesser things—just like Solomon. However, when we know God, our eyes are opened and we realize how wonderful He is. His goodness lights a desire within us to be close to Him. “Fearing God” is respecting and obeying Him because we know His goodness and that we’ll never have it without Him.

He is our only source of joy!

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

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