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Can’t Get No Satisfaction

The Bible is filled with stories of real men and women whose lives we can learn from. Some followed God faithfully and show us how to love the Lord with all of our heart, mind and soul. Other stories are more like cautionary tales. You can almost hear the author shouting, "Take my word for it! Don't repeat my mistakes!" The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the latter.

King Solomon indulged in everything that was pleasurable to him and denied himself nothing. In the end, everything was meaningless. He had become greater than anyone before him, and despite all of the wonderful possessions and wisdom he gained, “nothing was gained under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:11). We see modern-day examples of this all the time. After pursuing and attaining greatness, celebrities, artists, athletes and politicians still are not satisfied with their lives. The satisfaction they hoped for never came and an unexplainable emptiness remains in their hearts.

As Christians, we realize this “unexplainable” emptiness is separation from God and Jesus Christ is the only way to fill this void. God’s plan gives us meaning in a world that does not offer meaning by itself. His plan is the great exchange in which we give Him all glory and He fills our lives with joy.

When we lose sight of our purpose in Christ and try finding value elsewhere, we start down a path that leads to meaninglessness. God wants to flood our lives with joy and complete fulfillment, but often times we are too busy chasing the things that cannot satisfy. If you've tried everything and still feel purposeless, maybe it's time for a change in direction. Take time today to examine your life. Are you chasing that which is meaningless?

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