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Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Can’t Get No Satisfaction?

Big Questions · 33:23 · Recorded April 25, 2021

Can’t Get No Satisfaction?

Ecclesiastes 6:6 (NLT) He might live a thousand years twice over but still not find contentment. And since he must die like everyone else—well, what’s the use?

Solomon’s search for satisfaction

Ecclesiastes 2:1 (ESV) I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. 

Partying can’t satisfy me.

Ecclesiastes 2:2-3 (ESV) I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life.

1 Kings 4:22-23 (NLT) The daily food requirements for Solomon’s palace were 150 bushels of choice flour and 300 bushels of meal; also 10 oxen from the fattening pens, 20 pasture-fed cattle, 100 sheep or goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roe deer, and choice poultry.

Possessions can’t satisfy me.

Ecclesiastes 2:4-5 (ESV) I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. I made myself gardens and parks and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.

1 Kings 11:1,3 (ESV) Now King Solomon loved many foreign women… He had 700 wives, who were princesses and 300 concubines.

Wealth can’t satisfy me.

Ecclesiastes 2:7-8 (NLT) I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire!

Success can’t satisfy me.

Ecclesiastes 2:9-10 (NLT) So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. Anything I wanted; I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 

Ecclesiastes 2:17 (ESV) “So I hated life…”

What will satisfy me?

1. Only Jesus can satisfy me.

John 4:10-11; 13-14 (NIV) 10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” 13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst…”

Isaiah 55:1-3 (NIV) 1“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters… 2Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?… 3Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live…”

  • Do you see yourself as more led by your heart or by your head? In what areas do you find yourself controlled more by your desires than by wisdom?

  • What “god’s” divide your attention today? What’s wrong with 90 percent devotion to God and 10 percent to modern idols? Take a deep look at your life. Are you all in?

  • What was Solomon’s weakness? Why didn’t his great wisdom save him?

  • What weakness hurts your relationship with God? With others? With your health and overall longevity?

  • What things or vices are you using to fill a space or void in your life that only God can fill? What things continue to leave you thirsty?

  • Reread Isaiah 55:1-3. What things have you spent your money, time, or labor on that have ultimately proven to be unfulfilling?

  • In John, Jesus talks about the living water that only comes from Him. And in Matthew 4:4 He says that we need every word from God to sustain us. How does God’s word taste to you?
    Awful, but good for you, like medicine?
    Too watered down, like soggy cereal?
    Too outdated like stale bread?
    Very rich like gourmet food?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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