God’s Purpose for Man: To Eat & Drink & Find Enjoyment His Labor
I have been reading through Ecclesiastes this week and have read some very good thoughts that I would like to share with you. God has a purpose for us. (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25; 5:18-20)
One, God intended for man to eat and drink and to find enjoyment in his labors. He has given us all that we have and the ability to accept our lot and find enjoyment in our labor. Apart from God, we cannot eat and find enjoyment.
Second, one may seek to find joy in seeking after wisdom and folly but this, too, is vanity and striving after the wind (Ecc. 1:14). Another may seek joy in self-indulgence (Ecc. 2:11) and/or wealth and possessions but this too is vanity. Ecclesiastes 5:10, He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver, nor he who loves abundance with gain. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!
Striving after the wind is a futile effort because one cannot see it nor tame it. One can only be effected by it or see what it does. Therefore, seeking pleasure apart from God and His design is just as futile. It is not what happens to us on the outside that makes us happy. It is what is on the inside that brings happiness. God’ power creates that happiness on the inside through His Son, Jesus. Acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path and restore to you the ability to enjoy your life. Henceforth, find your true purpose in relationship with Him.
So where do you find your joy?
My Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank you for everything You have given me and the ability to enjoy the work You have set before me. Let me not grow weary in doing good. Amen.
Love the book of Ecclesiastes! It was foundational in my business formation! xo
Thank you, Liz. There is a lot of wisdom to be found.