No Amount of Stuff Will Ever Satisfy

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 – We can experience pleasures, obtain possessions, and intensify pursuits, and still feel empty inside. Even if we have all this world tries to offer, we will not find satisfaction here.


Pleasure (2:1-11)

  • Solomon indulged himself in pleasure as a distraction from life’s letdowns. 
  • No matter how much he accomplished or experienced, he still felt empty. 

Wisdom (2:12-17)

  • Solomon preferred wisdom to folly since it illuminated many of life’s dark areas.
  • Regardless of how wise he became, he realized that he would never be able to cheat death.

Work (2:18-23)

  • Solomon became depressed once he realized that all of his life’s earnings would pass to another.
  • Work became a consuming chore with no chance of satisfying closure.


  • If you seek to find meaning in what you should enjoy, you’ll end up miserable (2:24-26)
  • Rid yourself of any pleasurable distraction that is either sinful or unhelpful.
  • Process your work as more than delivering temporal benefits to yourself.
  • Grasp the fact that we will all die one day, and you must plan accordingly.