“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
Solomon seemingly had it all. But in the end he had to say that life was a let down. Vanity of vanity, all is vanity. Rarely, does life live up to its billing. Its finest pleasures are fleeting. Its happy days abruptly end only to be replaced by sorrowful ones. Even when we’ve gotten “there,” and lived our dream, and drank from the silver cup, it’s still not enough. We yearn for a “more” that this life just cannot provide.
Solomon learned late, after much trial and error, that no experience in this life was the “be all and end all” of human existence. His conclusion was that God Himself was man’s ultimate destination. And although God has created man for Himself and His pleasure, the wonder of all wonders is that He wants us to enjoy Him, not just when we get to heaven, but in this life. In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. All else that He gives us to enjoy is icing on the cake and cannot compare to the unspeakable joy found in knowing Him.
This world is filled with a myriad of possibilities. There is plenty to do and see “out there.” But as good as it gets, it is not better than experiencing the fellowship and friendship of God Himself. Love and serve the Creator more than His creation. Only He will ever be enough.