Ecclesiastes 5:10-12

Aug 11, 2019

In the 17th century the infamous philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal wrote the following passage in his book Pensees, a collection of fragments on theology and philosophy:

“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace?”

“This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself”

[This is from page 75 of Blaise Pascal’s Pensees (New York; Penguin Books, 1966).]


> Read 1 John 2:16


We are born into a world of desires that are not meant to be fulfilled. At our earliest age we indulged in this thing called satisfaction. It was spoon fed into our mouths while we were seeking a full belly, a changed diaper, attention & affection. Life was simple with an easy agenda, to achieve satisfaction.

But what happens when this desire fuels the rest of our lives?

Our lives become much more than a bad habit. Our lives are filled with poor health, lack of sleep, depression and even suicide. But what if we were designed to have only one true thing to satisfy; and we’re looking to all these other desires to fill that void? That might explain why we are in such a struggle. Isn't there a reason why we are broken and constantly searching for the next best thing or the next progression? Here’s the ironic part- this falls right in line with what was written thousands of years ago in the Bible.

> Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-12

To set the context- this was coming from the richest and wisest man to ever walk the earth, King Solomon. So, this is not just chatter. This is coming from a perspective that most of us spend a lifetime seeking out.

Our cravings for MORE might actually by design. We are just looking to the wrong things to fill our appetite. So stop looking for more of anything else- enjoy the best gift that could ever be designed: A relationship with the living God.


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The abstract inspiration comes from the verse 11 of that passage:

“When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes”-

So what is the purpose of all these desires? Were they created for use to enjoy or for us to fail? This collection reflects both perspectives of a creator and His creation looking in the same frame. A pair of eyes always looking for MORE of God’s creation (or allowance for choice) while He is sitting there looking to us with the answers for our desire. Replying, MORE of Me is what will truly satisfy (John 6:35).

Design variations include a vast number of eyes, peppered on a canvas which expresses this norm that we are all looking for satisfaction, a void we’ve strived to fill from the day we were born. Perhaps this is by design? God has allowed us choice- which permits true love! Love is not real unless we have the ability to not love. God desires a real love relationship with His creation. The heart under the right eye reflects God’s desire for a loving relationship with us, while he continually watches us look elsewhere. Thank God that He has more patience than we do!

The equal size of the letters MORE and God’s eyes reflect how we attempt to fill a designed space for a God relationship with MORE satisfaction from other things in our lives. This leaves us stranded with a never-ending appetite.

The color palette and layout are influenced by old Batman comic book styles. Similar to the comment about assessing the masses by music, movies and are another accurate gauge. We love superheros- the box office proves this time and time again. While we treat these characters more like idols, what’s to say God doesn’t have these characteristics that we so admire in superheroes; Or that this desire was created on purpose? (There’s that word again, purpose.) There are actually a ton of verses in the bible that support this thought, so perhaps this is just another proclamation of God's design; seeking this supernatural power… but perhaps we are looking in the wrong places.


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