“Then I realized that it is good and proper for man to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him-for this is his lot. Moreover when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work - this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”
I recently lost my mother to cancer, which is never something you are completely prepared for. Death stings no matter what the cause or length of time. We prayed that God would heal her, but in his sovereign authority He invited her to be with Him in heaven. I know that she is free from all pain and enjoying the hope that we have in Christ Jesus.
This passage of scripture really spoke to me during this experience. King Solomon is on a quest to discover the meaning and satisfaction of life. He observes life all around him and then speaks words of wisdom that everyone needs to hear. Solomon compares our lifetime to a few days in God’s eyes. He is saying that life on Earth is short in the scope of eternity. The question is personal and probing, but do you find satisfaction in your life? Do you regret more than you rejoice? Do find it hard to find fulfillment in your career? It’s sad to me how many people are living lives with little or no satisfaction. I’m not talking about frustrations, difficulty and trials, but a life without purpose, real meaning, or passion for what they do.
God wants you to be happy! But wait, it’s not the happiness the world offers. God blesses our lives with wealth, relationships, and possessions so that we will have life to the fullest. Rather than complain about what we don’t have, we need to get the perspective of what God has given us. That is not always easy, and I confess that I struggle with this as much as anybody. In the last few days God has taken me back in mind to life that I have been privileged to live (though not perfect by any means) and shown me all of his blessings. The blessing that I am the most thankful for is that Mom was the first to go to church all by herself and make a commitment to Christ and brought my father and all 6 of her kids back the following week where we all came to faith in Christ. Where would my life be today if Mom never went? This was the greatest gift my family and I ever received.
Solomon’s advice is to change the perspective of your life and focus on all that God has given you because that is a gift right from God. The right perspective produces true lasting happiness. When we have the right perspective we seldom reflect on all the negative difficult things in our lives. God will keep you occupied with happiness and satisfaction.
Thank you, Lord, for life, wealth, work and relationships. These are all gifts from you. I realize my days on earth are short, so I am thankful for every breath. Help us find true and lasting happiness by focusing on all the blessings in our lives. I thank you for salvation, which is the greatest gift of all. Let all our days be occupied with happiness and satisfaction.