ECCLESIASTES 5:18-20: “At last I have seen what is good and beautiful: It is to eat and drink and to enjoy the good in all our hard work under the sun during the brief lives God gives us. That is our lot ⌊in life⌋. It is a gift from God when God gives some people wealth and possessions, the power to enjoy them, ⌊the ability⌋ to accept their lot in life, and ⌊the ability⌋ to rejoice in their own hard work. These people won’t give much thought to their brief lives because God keeps them occupied with the joy in their hearts.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Are you enjoying your life? Take a moment to sit down and think about your attitude toward your present situation. Are you rejoicing each morning over the responsibilities that lie before you, or are you grumbling and complaining? Are you giving thanks for all the blessings you have in your life, or are you clamoring for more, dissatisfied with that which you have. Are you joyful over your position in life, or are you always trying to climb the next rung of the ladder, discontent with the rung you now stand on?
What does an old rich king have to say regarding all these questions? Everything! Solomon was the richest and wisest king this world has ever seen. He had acquired it all, studied it all, and experienced it all. He did not stand from a position of want or need. Solomon could look objectively from both sides of the fence with complete impartiality. And what was his conclusion? God wants us to enjoy the life we have, employ the skills we have, work hard, and accept our lot in life.
Someone might immediately object – “Are you saying that a believer should never try to improve themselves?” I believe Solomon would answer exactly as I will – absolutely not! We should always try to improve, grow, learn, and become all that God has called us to become. Yet, and it is a “BIG YET” – we need to learn to walk in contentment and enjoy our lives along the way. There is a fine balance between striving for achievement and walking in contentment. An imbalance in either area will lead us astray. We will either stop growing, or stop enjoying our lives. We desperately need to find this balance in life. Paul exhorts us,
- “Were you a slave when you were called? That shouldn’t bother you. However, if you have a chance to become free, take it. If the Lord called you when you were a slave, you are the Lord’s free person. In the same way, if you were free when you were called, you are Christ’s slave. You were bought for a price. Don’t become anyone’s slaves. Brothers and sisters, you should remain in whatever circumstances you were in when God called you. God is with you in those circumstances.” (1 Corinthians 7:21-24 GW)
- “A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have. We didn’t bring anything into the world, and we can’t take anything out of it…But people who want to get rich keep falling into temptation. They are trapped by many stupid and harmful desires which drown them in destruction and ruin. Certainly, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people who have set their hearts on getting rich have wandered away from the Christian faith and have caused themselves a lot of grief.” (1 Timothy 6:6-7, 9-10 GW)
So what is the balance? Become all that God has called you to become! Trust Him for the open doors in your life (don’t break them down yourself)! If He blesses you with riches – be generous and invest in the Kingdom of God and others! And in the midst of all of this – stop and smell the roses! Give thanks for the life and position you now have, the family He has blessed you with, the home you live in, the job you work at, the friends that bring richness into your life!
This life is short – too short to live in discontent. Rise up and live in the blessing of joy and thankfulness.
This is the gift of God!
In Jesus Name!