All the Labor of Man is for His Mouth, and Yet the Soul is Not Satisfied

The subject of today’s quote is contentment. While our culture tends to regard honest, hard work as a virtue, is it possible that it’s not? Didn’t Solomon teach us to consider the ways of the hard-working ant, that we should be wise and not lazy? Today’s quote seems to tell us that for all our labor, we will not be satisfied. Or does it?

“All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied.” – Ecclesiastes 6:7 NKJV

As are most things Biblical, today’s quote about laboring for our mouths and not being satisfied, is about the heart. We all have to work to earn a living and support ourselves and our families, and God has promised that he will bless those who serve Him in our work. The serving God part is the key to true contentment.

If we are working only to acquire more and more stuff, if all our labor was for our proverbial mouth, then we may be successful in becoming materially wealthy. However, the Bible teaches us that if this is our intent, then we will never be satisfied in our soul. If all the labor of man was for his Master, i.e. God, then the soul would surely be satisfied. Regardless of our material wealth, we would find contentment.

What do you think?

Related Bible Verses

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! – Proverbs 6:6 NIV

Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer. – Proverbs 30:25 NIV

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him. – John 6:27 NKJV

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? – Mark 8:36 NKJV


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