So I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold, all was futility and striving after wind, and there was no benefit under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 2:11 NASB2020
The "Teacher" of Ecclesiastes (traditionally Solomon) reflects on the dissatisfaction he has with the worldly accomplishments he has achieved in his life. In spite of these great accomplishments he warns the reader about seeking pleasure and riches, but instead yield to the sovereignty of God. The teacher realizes the futility of his lifetime of efforts only to conclude that it is wiser to obey the Lord and keep His commands.
The world and what it offers is alluring. It is a simple thing to get caught up valuing and seeking the trappings of the world. The things of this world can never satisfy our thirst (John 4:13-14). Humans continue to seek more and more, never satisfied until sometimes it is too late. It can take a lifetime of seeking before we discover that what we were seeking was never there. We can waste a lifetime learning from our own folly, or instead, take the shortcut of learning from the wise and experienced. True satisfaction can only come from following the path the Lord has set before us. Operating with the gifts that He provides gives us ultimate fulfillment.
Lord Jesus, keep me close to the path you have before me. Let me not be lured by the world, but allow me to continually seek you. Help me to focus on what is eternal rather than what is temporal. In Jesus name, Amen.