I've been reading No Man Left Behind by Patrick Morley, David Delk & Brett Clemmer. They highlight this verse, and it struck a chord with me.
There is a person without a companion, without even a son or brother, and though there is no end to all his struggles, his eyes are still not content with riches. “So who am I struggling for,” [he asks,] “and depriving myself from good?” This too is futile and a miserable task. (Ecclesiastes 4:8 HCSB)
Fascinating. No companion = no one to love. No son (children) = no legacy. No brother = no one to lean upon. So, he works hard, becomes prosperous, but finds not contentment, but futility and misery.
If we're honest, guys, we want each of these. Someone to love. A legacy that outlives us. Someone to lean upon. That's where contentment comes from.
P.S. I cannot read anything in Ecclesiastes without reading the last 3 verses: But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this [is for] all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 HCSB)
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