Life has no meaning or satisfaction when a person is living outside of God’s will. Solomon was richly blessed but desperately seeking to find meaning for his life. He was reaching for anything to hold onto and he understood that hard work did not bring meaning and fulfillment to life.
Many people are caught up in this same mindset today. Placing hard work and careers in a high position or importance in their life; toiling long hours so they can accumulate things, money, possessions, and toys for their entertainment and to satisfy the void and hunger gnawing at them from the inside out. These things do serve to soothe for a time; but on the long haul they cannot appease mankind’s innate hunger which can only be quieted down with an array of spiritual food by coming to God’s banquet table.
Adam and Eve lived in paradise on earth but they were the first who became restless even when living among the lush gardens God provided them here on earth. Eve was beguiled by satan into questioning the goodness of God, twisting His words, and subsequently tricked into believing God was withholding better things from them. In her weakness she compromised; going against God’s commandment and away from His will and Adam followed by caving in quickly as well. Since their fall in the garden this inner hunger and desire eats away at all mankind because they are born naturally with restlessness in their heart. Nothing here on earth will negate this spiritual yearning except a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Solomon learned this lesson too. Life has no meaning for him, encircled by riches and an accumulation of things but living apart from God and His will in life. Solomon continued to hunger for spiritual things despite these many possessions which did nothing to pacify him.
Solomon came to this spiritual understanding in old age near the end of his life:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV)
Does God hold first place in your life or are you still pursuing things for fulfillment in life apart from, or in addition to, Him? Let God satisfy all the inner most desires of your heart and your life will bloom to overflowing.