Ecclesiastes 6: Are you really content?

The title, “Ecclesiastes”, comes from the Greek word, “ekklesiastes”, meaning “preacher”. Don’t you feel as though that’s exactly what this book is doing? Preaching. Speaking to the raw parts of our hearts.

If you’re ready for more, read chapter 6 here.

You have a home. You have breath in your lungs. You probably ate at least three meals today. In fact, you probably have food in your pantry right now. Do you have hot water available? Not only are you blessed. You’re rich.

But are you content with all of this? Are you really enjoying these things? Do you find yourself wanting more?

The truth is, even if and when you obtain those things that are in your current view, life will still pretty much feel the same as it does now.

We can’t be truly, deep down, satisfied with what we think we want. Sure, we can have beautiful and healthy families and relationships are definitely a comfort. But only God provides true satisfaction. Out of that, comes grace to enjoy the blessings and riches we’ve been given.

It’s all. about. God.

Loving Him, seeking Him, obeying Him, honoring Him, acknowledging Him.

Let’s do that today friend. Let’s open our hands, close our eyes, and tell God, “All I have and want is Yours, Lord. All I want and need is You.”

How’s that contentment doing now?

Jessica

 

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3 thoughts on “Ecclesiastes 6: Are you really content?

  1. “a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.”

    It seems there is a minimalist movement spreading rapidly; a heart for the simple things. While that seems to be a good thing, I fear that God is being left out of the picture.

    You pose a great question concerning contentment. Are we content in our faith, our ministries and our God? Are we constantly searching for something more rather than resting in the presence of God, being content in every aspect of His will for our lives?

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  2. I totally agree! I haven’t been following along in Ecclesiastes with you all, but I love how God teaches us the same lessons in different ways! I am going through an online class that has led me back to writing out 1000 things I am thankful for in my life (from “1000 Gifts” by Anne Voscamp). I am learning to be content with what God has given me right now and not always wish I was in another season of life. Praise God for that lesson because without it, we miss out on the most enjoyable parts of life that are right in front of our nose!

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