“You can only truly enjoy the pleasures of life if you are already satisfied without them.”

August 19, 2018

After having evaluated the wisdom of the world, the Preacher of Ecclesiastes next searches out earthly pleasure as a possible source of joy and fulfillment. Unsurprisingly, he also finds pleasure lacking the ability to truly satisfy. He tests entertainment, alcohol, work, possessions, and sex and finds that they are all fleeting and “vanity.” None of them truly last or satisfy. However, each one can be still be enjoyed as gifts from God when they are understood in light of his perfect design.

Application Questions

  1. In what ways do you try to get joy and fulfillment out of entertainment, alcohol, work, possessions, and sex?
  2. How can you be ultimately satisfied in Christ? What practical steps might help you pursue true joy in God alone?
  3. How would your engagement with entertainment, alcohol, work, possessions, and sex change if you were more fully satisfied in Christ and freed to truly enjoy them?

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Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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