The Most Real Thing
'I denied myself nothing my heart desired...' Ecclesiastes 2:10 NIV
Read these words from a man who had everything. 'I amassed silver and gold... I acquired male and female singers, and... the delights of a man's heart. I became greater by far than anyone... I denied myself nothing...I refused my heart no pleasure.... Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless...' (Ecclesiastes 2:8-11 NIV).
Delicious food, lots of sex, world-wide fame, massive wealth, unlimited power; Solomon worked for and achieved it all, but it turned out to be a life of trivial pursuit, chasing after meaningless things.
So why does all this 'stuff' leave us so empty? Like a big, greasy fry-up it all feels great at the time but it doesn't take long before we begin to regret it and actually feel worse than we did before. The reason we are left feeling so empty is because we're not filling ourselves up with the right stuff.
Yes, God wants you to have a great time, but any missing part in you is actually a cry for relationship with him. He is the only one who can fill that hunger, and it leaves you feeling great afterwards!
So what now? When you go after a relationship with God (which is the most real thing you can ever pursue), everything else you need gets thrown in as a bonus! Jesus said, 'put God's work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well' (Matthew 6:33 CEV).
Soulfood: 2 Ki 7-9, Luke 16:1-18, Ps 135, Prov 7:21-23