10Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known;
no one can contend with someone who is stronger. 11The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? 12For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?
(Ecclesiastes 6:10-12 ESV)
Human beings can try to find meaning in life in all the things that King Solomon has thus far pointed out will not provide such meaning. We can try to find it in possessions. We can try to find it in money. We can try to find it in relationships. None of those will work for one very simple reason: God designed life and He did not design these things to provide fulfillment.
Whatever exists has already been named; what humanity is has been known from the beginning of time. God designed life to work in a certain way and no generation will ever be satisfied with anything less than living life God’s way. But that is the problem.
Since day one man has been at odds with God. But no one can contend with someone who is stronger. Try as we might we will never out think, manipulate, or in any way be victorious over God. Adam and Eve found this out shortly after their creation. And every generation over the passing years has also tried and failed.
We can argue with God. But just like whiny children, the more the words the less the meaning. Rather than throw our feeble arguments at God, we should stop talking about Him, start listening to Him, and thereby learn from Him. He wants us to enjoy life. And He’s willing to give us the instructions on exactly how to do so.
But, like little children, we want to do things our own way. The problem is, it’s not up to us to decide how things should be. We are the creation, not the creator. We don’t make the rules. We live by them. We don’t know what is good for a person in life. God does.
Before man was ever created God designed life to work a certain way. He created relationships. He created work. He created sex. But He never intended for any of those things to take the place of Him in our lives. Satisfaction in life can only be achieved if God is our first and foremost priority.
God made us. He knows how we think and how we function. He knows what we want to do and why we do it. He knows what will satisfy us and what will not. And there is nothing we can do about it.
Even the most intelligent human being is limited in his or her understanding. Given that truth, how audacious it is for any of us to complain to God about how life works. We do not know what is best for us nor do we know what the future holds (what will happen after they are gone). But God does.
All of us, even those who are Christians and are part of God’s eternal family, seek fulfillment in the things this earth has to offer. And all of us never find it in those things. So we get frustrated and try even harder. This of course will never work.
Satisfaction can only be found, as King Solomon will point out in the rest of Ecclesiastes, by having a deep, meaningful relationship with God.
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