“This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.”

“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

They say that the big three temptations in life are sex, money, and power. King Solomon knew about these things – he had them in abundance.  He had a thousand wives, gold everywhere, and he was the most powerful king in the region.  Now, at the end of his life, Solomon could look back as he wrote Ecclesiastes, and see that it was all so very empty.

In his search for fulfillment Solomon tried challenging his mind to grow with wisdom and knowledge.  He tried to drink himself happy.  He tried every kind of pleasure he could think of.  And these too were empty.  Meaningless. Vanity.

Could we take a moment for self-examination, beloved?  Have you experienced the true fulfillment that God desires for you?  Are you still walking in that sense of peace and purpose? I find even among Christians, who should know better, an unrelenting searching for meaning and happiness. We can fall into the trap the world sets for us, thinking that we will find answers in the “stuff” and people around us.

Solomon eventually concluded that true fulfillment can’t be found apart from a relationship with God.  If you are feeling empty and unfulfilled, stop your searching.  Look to Jesus.