Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun – Ecclesiastes 2:11.
The soul demands as much attention and nurturing as the body. Unfortunately unlike the body, man is unable to nurture and take care of his own soul, it is impossible. Nothing but GOD can ever completely satisfy the soul, it was made by Him for Himself. Without Him it is restless and in constant torment. Many people find themselves longing and unhappy, yet cannot even pinpoint what it is that lacks in their lives.
There are those individuals who no matter what they can have or do, they just can never be happy. Some would even say, “If only I could hit a jackpot or win the lottery, then perhaps I could be happy.” However, even in their abundance they will still be unhappy and unsatisfied. Many even attempt to quiet the longings of their soul in many ways, such as alcohol, drugs, sexual immorality, etc.
Ecclesiastes 2:10, “And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure.” Solomon clearly explains to us that he never denied himself anything that his flesh or body wanted. He took care of his body so much so that he gave it all it needed and when it needed it. In the very same chapter of the book he also says, “So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
It really looks like this man is confused right? I mean, how can you hate your life if you have absolutely everything that you need for your pleasure? It means that even though Solomon had all he needed, there was still a void in his life that could not be filled by the excess of possessions he had. It means that with all the material possession he had, he was never really happy.
The rich in spirit or soul do not measure the worth of life in earthly possessions, which fade away, but in terms of eternal realities, which endure forever. This is not to say that we should not desire material wealth, no – not at all. This is just to make you aware that your life is not complete without GOD and therefore you need to pursue Him always.
The rich in spirit/soul do not measure the worth of life in earthly possessions, which fade away, but in terms of eternal realities, which endure forever