“For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life …?” (v12). We think we know “what is good” for us: wealth, possessions, honor, children etc. (v2-3). However, the author of Ecclesiastes reminds us that it is quite possible to attain all these things (good gifts from God) and not enjoy them. “His soul is not satisfied (v3). The problem with setting our hopes on attaining all these goals is that we risk “the wandering of the appetite” (v9), or a heart that is never at rest, striving after the wind.
“His appetite is not satisfied” (v7). True contentment is only found in the Giver Himself, not in idolizing His gifts.