“I CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION”   –    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

The words “I can’t get no satisfaction” were made famous by the Rock band The Rolling Stones.  Why can’t the Rolling Stones get no satisfaction?  What is satisfaction?  How do you know when you are satisfied?  Those are some of the same questions King Solomon wrestled with as he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes.  Now if anyone would have obtained satisfaction you would think it would be a King but Solomon, who once said, “all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them”, still struggled with finding satisfaction.

How about you? Are your eyes satisfied? Are you content with what you have in life?  Have you ever wondered how you can find ultimate satisfaction in your life?

I believe a clue to finding the answer is found in Ecclesiastes 1:3.  Solomon asks the question, “What advantage does man have in all his work which he does “under the sun?”  Of course the obvious answer is no advantage if one lives their life “under the sun.”

“Under the Sun” can be a reference to life lived here on earth and I do believe that is part of the meaning but I also believe there is something else going on in the use of that phrase.  Could “under the sun” refer to how one approaches life here on Earth?  Everyone of us has a world view that dictates how we live our lives and how we interpret life, now and in the future.

So what does it mean to live life “under the sun” and is there a better way to live life here on earth?  Many people live their lives separated and devoid of any understanding or awareness of the fact that there is a personal God who created us, loves us, and desires a relationship with us.  Without God there is no meaning  or purpose in life.  Without God everything seems worthless.  Without God satisfaction is impossible to obtain.  However when one lives their life in relationship with their Creator and Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, then that changes everything about life.  Work, family, endeavors, activity, routines, everything about life becomes meaningful and true satisfaction can be obtained.

Now you tell me how would you like to live your life?  “Under the Sun” where there is no satisfaction or “Above the Sun” where satisfaction is found in a relationship with your Heavenly Father?

Lee Gambrell

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