Can we be satisfied?

Ecclesiastes Bible Background

09.17.2015 Old Testament: Ecc 1.8

To read the Bible in a year, read Ecclesiastes 1–3 on September 17, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Rare is the man or woman who says, “I have enough.” When Jacob offered a present to his brother Esau, the latter said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself” (Genesis 33.9). Truly, as Solomon declared after observing the typical life under the sun,

All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.
(Ecclesiastes 1.8) 

That can be good, and it can be bad. We love seeing the beauties of nature, but at some point we need to decide that we have seen enough.

However, we labor and labor some more that we might have more to see and more to hear. Yet, those things, even good things, do not satisfy! What then does satisfy the soul?

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