Life That Cannot Satisfy

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

August 31, 2021 • Jeff Lyle • Ecclesiastes 2:1–11

How do you believe you would feel if you were empowered to experience and seek satisfaction in every possible available human pleasure? Seriously, what if you had all the money and all the material possessions that you desired? If you could enjoy the finest wines, the most amazing entertainment, the strongest sensual pleasures available on earth - do you think you could live happily? If your name was globally famous and your intellectual abilities beyond comparison - do you believe that your soul would be fulfilled? There was a man named Solomon who conducted a long experiment in his life to see if these things would satisfy his own soul. While he did not deny the pleasure he experienced, he leaves us all with the startling results that revealed that he actually became less satisfied with life when he chose to live for his own pleasures. This message calls us to consider Solomon’s failed experiment and how we ourselves can profit from what he learned.

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