There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24,25 ESV
The book of Ecclesiastes is full of great wisdom concerning this life and all that we as humans endure in a lifetime. Solomon tells us that he has examined all that there is in life and outside of God all of this is meaningless. When one thinks about it his statements are so true. Our lives, if not for God in them is like chasing after the wind.
Chasing the wind is an exercise in futility, the wind cannot be caught. I tend to think of our lives without God like a dog chasing it’s tail. When a dog chases its tail it just continues going round and round until it tires of the game or actually bites its own tail and suffers the pain of its senseless game. That is how it is for us if we don’t allow room for God in our lives.
We must find contentment in our lives. As Solomon says in verses 24, we must find enjoyment in our toil. So how are we to find contentment in this life of toils. We find it in God, we find it through Christ. We need to be like the Apostle Paul as he said Philippians chapter 4, “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” ESV
Paul has discovered what Solomon was talking about in verse 25. He understood that God is the provider and if we trust in Him we can be content in all circumstances. All that we have in this life is God provided. If we think all that we have and are is because of what we have achieved then we are missing the most important fact of all. God created this world, He has created us and He gave us whatever abilities we have, all that we achieve is through Him.
So today, let’s realize apart from God’s gifts we would have nothing.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman