Ecclesiastes 2:24,25 (NIV) – “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
Life is short. It seems like it is becoming more and more frequent that we see or know of someone who has died young. I don’t remember that happening so much when I was a child. Maybe it did and I just don’t remember.
Every day we get up and go to some type of work. That work may be downtown at a big office or it may be down the hall in a little room or it may be that you spend your day attending to your family. It is all work. Most people get paid to work. Some do not. Homemakers are a special breed that work for no monetary gain. But that is a different subject.
Right now, I want you to take an honest look at what you do. Do you enjoy it? Do you go to bed each night with the satisfaction of a job well done? I know there are a lot of people out there that are just going through the motions and getting a paycheck. That makes me sad. Do you really think that God would want for you a mundane life that just pays the bills? Or do you think that He would want you to be creative in the position He has place you in and find joy? I vote for the later of the two.
But here is the kicker, you can’t find joy in whatever you are doing without the help of the Creator of your job. Your livelihood is a gift from God. Do you believe that? Do you believe that everything you do whether it is running a billion dollar company or scrubbing toilets at home is a gift from God? Come on now, be honest. I would venture to say that most would consider the first example a gift but the second? Not so much. But it is. You are providing a service to your family. You are ensuring that your home is clean and safe for the people you love. And that is important.
The writer of Ecclesiastes is reminding us that the key to finding joy is very basic: be content to satisfy your physical needs and find joy in what you do by doing it for God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
This is polar opposite from what the world wants you to do. The world wants more and more. It wants you to do and have more to keep up with the other guy. It wants to put you on a pedestal and shout “Hey! Look at me!” But God has reminded us here that we should not be doing whatever we are doing for our own glory. The glory is His. He is the One that has provided all that we have. He is the One that gives us the strength to work. He is the one that provides the food for us to eat.
So today, princess, let me encourage you to diligently give praise and honor where praise and honor are due. Give it back to Him. He is One that gave it all to you in the first place. And be content, dear one. Let His peace that passes all understanding wash over you and provide you with perspective and praise.