Theme sentence: Ultimate satisfaction can never be found in the temporary pleasures of this world.
Aim sentence: The only way to truly enjoy life in this world is to see the things of this world as gifts from God to be enjoyed while finding ultimate satisfaction in Him.
The pleasure test (Verses 1 – 11)
In these verses we see Mr Teacher trying out the pleasure test. He tries all the things people pursue to make life more pleasurable but he ends with the same conclusion – it all ends up being pointless, it doesn’t satisfy as he hopes it will.
Same fate (Verses 12 – 23)
In these verses, life seems to have lost its sweetness for Mr Teacher as he laments the fact that death is the fate of all.
Carpe Diem – Seize the Day (Verses 24 – 26)
In the first of 5 such statements in the book of Ecclesiastes, Mr Teacher realises that to find enjoyment in life is a gift from God. All the things he sought to find pleasure in are actually things we should enjoy as gifts from God, but they will never be the things that can ultimately satisfy us. This realisation comes from God.
The only way to truly enjoy life in this world is to see the things of this world as gifts from God to be enjoyed while finding ultimate satisfaction in Him.