3 If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he— 4 for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness. 5 Though it has not seen the sun or known anything, this has more rest than that man, 6 even if he lives a thousand years twice—but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place?
(Ecclesiastes 6:3-6, New King James Version)
A Satisfied Soul
A satisfied soul is a soul that has seen goodness! We are given, in Ecclesiastes 6, an illustration of a man who has lived many years with a hundred descendants. He should be a happy man, right? The problem, however, is that in all of these years his soul was never satisfied with goodness. As a matter of fact, if he lived 2000 years and has not seen goodness, we are told that it would have been better if that man had never been born.
What a bleak picture; it would be better for people who have not seen goodness to have never been born. How do we see goodness? I am reminded of the words of Jesus from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke:
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
From these words of Jesus, we understand that there is nothing truly good except God. So, where do we find goodness? We only find goodness in God.
As Christians, we should take note of these words of the Lord Jesus Christ, as well as these verses from Ecclesiastes 6. Often, it is hard to tell Christians apart from non-Christians, as they both seem to be rushing after the same things. If the only joy we experience is found in the things of this world, then we have never experienced true joy!
I would encourage us all to go to Christ and ask Him to help us to meditate upon the goodness of God. Only in Christ will we find true peace, joy, and happiness.
Only in God will we receive a satisfied soul!
God Bless You,