June 16, 2022 – Ecclesiastes 6: 1-12 – Enough

Today we will read Ecclesiastes 6: 1-12:

1 There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy upon humankind: 2 those to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that they lack nothing of all that they desire, yet God does not enable them to enjoy these things, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous ill. 3 A man may father a hundred children and live many years, but however many are the days of his years, if he does not enjoy life’s good things or has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. 4 For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered; 5 moreover, it has not seen the sun or known anything, yet it finds rest rather than he. 6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice over yet enjoy no good—do not all go to one place?

7 All human toil is for the mouth, yet the appetite is not satisfied.8 For what advantage have the wise over fools? And what do the poor have who know how to conduct themselves before the living? 9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire; this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

10 Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what humans are and that they are not able to dispute with those who are stronger. 11 The more words, the more vanity, so how is one the better? 12 For who knows what is good for mortals while they live the few days of their vain life, which they pass like a shadow? For who can tell them what will be after them under the sun?

Today the Teacher tells us about an evil that plagues the human heart and can plague all of us, no matter where we are.  What is that evil?  It is the inablity to have enough. 

There is a quote attributed to John Rockefeller, when someone asked him how would be enough, he was supposed to have said “One dollar more.”  In other words, what he had then was not enough. It was going to take more.  

The Teacher tells us that so many have so much, and they can’t enjoy it.  They desire more and more and more. It’s never enough. Always more. Always more. 

It may not be money, though. How many of us are truly content today?  Or do we say, I’ll be happy when I have a bigger house? 

Or better car? 

Or new job?  

When I’m married? 

When we have kids? 

When I retire?  

Sometimes we are never happy. It is never enough. Always one dollar, one day, one possession more.  More, more, more.  And it will never be enough. 

Today, if you allow the Holy Spirit to show you, believe it or now, you have enough, now to live.  You do, I do, we do. We have enough.  Today, let’s be content in Jesus.  Let’s be content in life. We have enough.  We do.  

One dollar more will not make us content. But Jesus always will. 

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