Ecclesiastes: Eat, Drink, And Enjoy Your Work?

Listen to these words from Ecclesiastes 5:

18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions land power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil — this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

What I find so compelling about them is their commitment to contentment. We are reminded to enjoy the lot that God has given us. There are no stipulations. There are no guidelines concerning what we are allowed to not enjoy. On the contrary, it says that everyone should rejoice in their particular lot in life in the same way that the rich, healthy, and happy people do. No matter what we find ourselves doing, we are to do so with utter joy, and not joy in spite of trials, but joy in our trials.

How is this sort of lifestyle even possible? through the One who keeps our souls occupied with joy. When God is our focus. When joy in Him is our minute by minute pursuit, we can look at trials and poor life places and say, “I count it ALL joy, for God works all of these things for my good.”

Now, I know this is easier said than done, but it is where we should strive to live, with God as our joy, filling even the most difficult times with overwhelming happiness and gratitude toward the one who endured the cross on our behalf.

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