Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous evil.
The ability to enjoy life is a God given gift and cannot be found from anything under the sun. Solomon is now going to address the discontentment that is found in the futility of life. Discontentment is the pursuit of always wanting more and always wanting something different. Whether we realize it or not, our culture is telling us that what you currently have is not good enough, so you need the latest and sexiest thing. Sadly, we buy in to this and run on the treadmill of discontentment and never find true joy or fulfillment
Our culture has launched a discontented marketing campaign that tells us how we should look, how all relationships should be effortless, how you should be having the best sex of your life, how you need the latest toys and trinkets, and on and on I could go. The reason why I know the majority of us live discontented lives is because we believe these lies. And please don’t get me started with social media. We’re always comparing our lives to the edited, digital lives of our peers and friends, wondering if we’re missing out on something. So how do we handle this? We try to outdo other people by spending more and living pretentious lives.
Enjoying how God has wired us and enjoying the gifts he has given us will be the key to living a content life. Paul said in Philippians 4:11 “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.”
Instead of wanting more and comparing your life to your peers and friends, how can you begin to live a content life?
We have seen men with money, who were not happy; we have seen men with honor; who were not happy; we have seen persons in power, with the command of empires, who were not happy; but we never saw, and never shall see, the individual who has Jesus with him, that is not happy. – Charles H. Spurgeon