The great frustration

Every time I see that alcohol commercial about the world’s most interesting man, I don’t know whether to puke or to laugh. Underneath, you can almost sense the irony of those who know the truth about alcohol. The appeal is so straightforward: Drink our product, and attract women like ripe fruit attracts flies. “Come, all you dullards and dummies, drink up and find the secret to being cool and sexy.” Yeah, right.

In that great Book of Despair, the wise man writes about his wide and varied experiences, none of which really brought him satisfaction. He wrote about wine and women, wealth and winning, worldliness and wisdom.

For with great wisdom comes great frustration; whoever increases his knowledge merely increases his heartache.
Ecclesiastes 1.18 NET

Whatever you can get your hands on under the sun, that is, far from the God who reigns in heaven, it’s just going to frustrate you in the end.

This life, without God, is one big headache.

No wonder so many people commit suicide. No wonder millions live on painkillers and tranquilizers. No wonder so many immerse themselves in work or games or baubles just to forget.

Because life minus the Lord lacks the one essential element to give it meaning, joy, peace, and fulfillment.

If you’re frustrated with wisdom or any of the world’s other offerings, the solution is oh-so-simple.

Only God can satisfy.

Only a relationship with the Creator can ease the pain of the heart and lighten the burden of the soul.

He is the one treasure worth more than all the rest. He is the pearl of great price. He is the only Possession who possesses us from the depths of our being.

You can work your fingers down to the bone, but work will not saturate the spirit with joy.

You can study until the eyes no longer focus, but knowledge will never make your existence clear.

You can party until dawn, but you’ll be blind to the true morning star.

Only. God. Can. Satisfy.

So admit it, give up the frustration of wisdom and the world, and find yourself in Him.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

6 thoughts on “The great frustration

  1. We must be in the same general mood today, my friend. Full moon? This is near-perfect, as anything man can write. Thank you for the solid reminder

  2. Well Brother, I’ll be using Ecclesiastes coming this Sunday morning in the University and Young Professional’s class. Now I’ll be quoting you as well. Great thoughts as usual!

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