We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.

We may have gotten involved in our addictive behavior on an experimental basis at first. We wanted to taste life’s pleasures and find the fun and excitement. For a while the “partying” makes us feel good; but when we pull back to look at our lives we realize that we’re not really getting any closer to fulfillment.

Solomon set out to taste all of life’s pleasures, and he had the means to do so without limit. He writes, “I said to myself, ‘Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the “good things” in life.’ But I found that this, too, was meaningless. So I said, ‘Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?‘ ” Solomon systematically explored drinking, looking for wisdom, toying with folly, trying to find fulfillment through public works projects and empire building, collecting slaves, silver and gold, enhancing his sense of power, involvement in the cultural arts and vast sexual exploits. He then explains, “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. But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere” (Ecclesiastes 2:1-2, 10-11).

Like Solomon, we, too, may be chasing the wind and getting nowhere. The futility of being driven to excess in our “chasing around,” whether in work or play, can cause us to miss the true purpose of our existence and the fulfillment we seek.

Our addictions are like the wind: we may feel them as they pass, but we can never hold on to them.

Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.