Ecclesiastes 5:18 I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. 19 And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. NLT
This week we have been focusing on the importance of work. These devotionals are a part of a lesson I taught to our teens a week or so ago. Thus far I have tried to call our attention to:
1) God blesses hard work
2) God does not want our work to become our god
3) God blesses us so that we might bless others
Today I want to focus a few moments on:
4) God wants us to enjoy our labor
Solomon wrote our passage of scripture during a time when he was himself disillusioned with life. He begins this book with these words: “Everything is meaningless… completely meaningless!” (Ecc 1:2 NLT) Solomon said that because he had spent much of his life searching for happiness. He tried knowledge, entertainment, houses and land, and even immorality. Yet none of it brought him true satisfaction. Everything always left him feeling empty.
By the end of his letter his disposition had changed. “Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.” (Ecc 12:13 NLT) After a lifetime trying everything the world had to offer, Solomon came to the conclusion that true happiness can come only from a right relationship with God and doing His will.
Solomon also began to understand what a major portion of God’s will for us is: God wants us find something that we enjoy doing, and then enjoy doing it.
Most of us will never be rich and famous. Most of us will be – average. But that’s OK. True satisfaction and happiness rarely comes from riches or fame. True satisfaction and happiness comes from learning how to earn an honest wage from honest work, and then sharing God’s blessings with others.