The temporal things and relationships we spend most of our life working to attain may bring us momentary happiness; BUT—are they giving us TRUE and lasting joy???

We were created to be satisfied by the deep and wonderful experiences which touch our soul. When you think about what you work the hardest for—financial freedom, a powerful position, possessions, a fantastic relationship, a beautiful body, perfect children—how long does the joy of attaining these things last? Unfortunately, most of us are deceived into believing that these things will give us “happily ever after.”

In the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, who had every possible thing his heart desired—proclaimed he NEVER found satisfaction in any of it! He pursued the same exact things we do today but—unlike most of us—he had the power and resources to HAVE IT ALL! He had: 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) and more beautiful women than one man could ever want.

Solomon possessed everything we seek and YET— found it ALL—unsatisfying. At the end of all his seeking and finding in the world he concluded:

“I know that it will be well with those who fear God.” (Ecclesiastes 8:12b)

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

At the end of his musings about the dissatisfaction he found in the world, why did Solomon conclude that “fearing God” would the only way to have it all? I mean “fearing God” doesn’t sound satisfying to any of us—right? Well, that’s because the world has blinded us to the truth about God’s goodness! 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.

God’s goodness lights a desire within us to be close to Him. “Fearing God” is having such a desire for His presence that we FEAR being without it—more than we fear anything else!

When we know the marvelous goodness and joy of God’s presence, our greatest fear is to be without Him.

The world will always allure us with the false promises of eternal joy—but when we experience God as our joy—we never want anything less than HIM!

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