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Solomon lived the life under the sun to its fullest extent, He had everything; went anywhere; did anything he wanted to do. In Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:11… He was looking for peace and purpose in life, he had tried everything under the sun but nothing could satisfy… He poured himself into science, philosophy, humor, drinking, architecture, gardening, he enjoyed his wealth, music, physical pleasure and the list could go on.

But he discovered that neither wisdom, work, wine, women, nor wealth could satisfy the emptiness that he was feeling inside. He found himself saying “Vanity of vanities all is vanity” – all is meaningless.

Have you ever felt that way? Maybe you feel that way right now, maybe you are searching for some type of happiness and you too are trying everything under the sun. They do not bring joy, peace, purpose, they do not satisfy…But there is a relationship which makes life complete. Without that relationship, there is a void, a vacuum in life. Many people, even those who are rich & well-known, can attest to that void. For example,

H.G. Wells said at age 61: “I have no peace. All life is at the end of the tether.” The poet Byron said, “My days are in yellow leaf, the flowers and fruits of life are gone, the worm and the canker, and the grief are mine alone.” Thoreau said, “Most men live lives of quiet desperation.”

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