Ecclesiastes 2:11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind nothing was gained under the sun. The teacher in this chapter tells us that mere pleasure can not give meaning or satisfaction. Join me as I share with you that pleasure will not keep you.
What is this scripture telling us?
The teacher or author of this book is telling us that Vanity of vanities are all vanity! He wants us to understand that through all human achievements are empty and unfulfilling when pursed as ends in themselves. He also shows us that our own wealth, and pleasure in this world even our hard work does not bring us happiness.
Earthly possessions, popularity and great accomplishments do not bring lasting happiness. For true joy is a result of serving God and following His will for our lives.
What is it about us that we look to things within the world and our own means to give us pleasures? Don’t you know that it will only satisfy you for a short time. How many times have you found yourself feeling low and you went out and spent money only later to find out you wish you never would have purchased it.
How many times you set your mind on a goal and then only after receiving it the thrill was no longer there? Do you know why when you go after things or possessions it never last? Even with all your hard work you put into it still don’t give you pleasure like you thought it would.
How to apply to your life?
Remember Pleasure never brings meaning to one’s life. Pleasure is simply meaningless. If you require pleasure then you must find out what God’s plan is for your life. Anything other than what God has for you will not last and you will always find yourself wishing and having no joy or happiness what so ever.