Life Under the Sun
The book of Ecclesiastes shows us what life is like “under the sun”—and what it shows us is very discouraging. Each one of us pursues satisfaction in this world, but no matter how hard we try or how close we think we may come to it, it eludes us. We have an innate appetite for that which is new and better because we think it will bring us the satisfaction that we are seeking, but ultimately our efforts always come up empty. You’re as likely to catch fulfillment as you are to chase down the wind.
Consider the places to which you have turned for satisfaction. Have you tried to find meaning in your life by filling it with relationships? Then you’ve probably discovered that there isn’t a person on the face of the earth who can fulfill your deepest longings. Have you been trying to satisfy yourself in intellectual pursuits? Then perhaps you’ve learned that there’s not a theorem you can ponder that will ultimately sate your curiosity. Have you been seeking satisfaction in experiences and travel? There is not a journey you can take that will answer your yearnings for sights of beauty and majesty. Or maybe it is something else for you. But whatever we turn to for satisfaction cannot bear the weight of our hopes. Sooner or later, we always end up feeling empty once more.
Is this pessimism? No! This is life “under the sun.” It’s like a Rubik’s Cube with two blocks missing: no matter how many times you spin it, you won’t be able to get all the colors where they need to be because it’s inherently flawed.
If you have been able to put the Rubik’s Cube of your life together so that you can make sense of why no earthly thing you pursue brings you satisfaction, it’s only by the grace of God. There’s only one worldview that is able to make sense of life—only one that answers the questions that are in your mind when you lie awake in the middle of the night.
Your search for satisfaction—your deepest longings and questions—can only be addressed by God Himself. The 5th-century theologian Augustine once declared of God, “You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” This deep soul-rest is available to you at any time; it can always be found in the all-satisfying God. Whatever you do or don’t have, whatever you’re wishing for or working for “under the sun,” be sure to find your deepest sense of satisfaction in knowing and serving the Lord. With Him all strivings cease, for in Him all longings are met.
How is God calling me to think differently?
How is God reordering my heart’s affections — what I love?
What is God calling me to do as I go about my day today?
Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest
25At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.7 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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