Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

Where Joy Comes From

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   Ecclesiastes 2:25-26 (ERV)

TEXT:  25 ….. The best thing people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy the work they must do. I also saw that this comes from God. 26 If people do good and please God, he will give them wisdom, knowledge, and joy. But those who sin will get only the work of gathering and carrying things. God takes from the bad person and gives to the good person. But all this work is useless. It is like trying to catch the wind.

OBSERVATION:   In these verses Solomon, the wisest man in the world, shared what he had discerned about life. In fact, the verses leading up to this goes into describing how useless life appears to be when just going through the motions of everyday life. Solomon had been the richest king, so he had everything he could possibly need or want, but thank God, his eyes were opened and he is sharing with us where true life begins and ends. Read on friends….

APPLICATION:   Why not begin this time of meditation with me by stopping and reflecting on all that you have done to earn a good, honest living in your life up to this point. Think about the friends you have met when things were going well, and when times were rough. Think about all that these friends have added to your relationship with them. Now think about all you have poured into your relationship with friends and family. I know, often you were determined to stop giving because you saw no appreciation or returned love from the recipients. Perhaps you found Jesus and accepted Him as Lord of your life. Think about how awesome it was to learn that He loved you because of who you are, not because of how much you poured into His life. In fact, under those same conditions, you learned that He actually loved you beyond anything you could ever have imagined, for He was obedient to His Father and went through the crucifixion and all of the pain and mockery that came with that day of the crucifixion, and LOVE was His only motive. Love for His children who would look at that day and always meditate on the actions committed for the eternity of those who were living hopeless lives without any knowledge or concern about where they would spend eternity. Friends, this is the ‘real life‘ that I awaken each day at 3:45 am to share with folk like you that may be looking for encouragement, or love, or hope, or peace, or a closer walk with your maker – the only One that loves you to the extent of sacrificing His life, so that you and I may live eternally in heaven with He and the Father. This my friend is the one true means of joy for the believer! But be encouraged by Solomon in these verses, for he shared with joy, that this relationship with Jesus also brings to the believer wisdom and knowledge. As the wisest man that ever lived, Solomon realized that there was no other source of his wisdom other than that offered by God, so he was speaking from first-hand knowledge.  So friends, let me encourage you to meditate on these things today, make any adjustments in your relationship with God that might be necessary, and enjoy the benefits of being a child of the King!

PRAYER:   Father God, who is man that You should sacrifice Your Son for our eternal benefit? Who are we that You should love us and care for us with such tender compassion like You do every day? I realize that You chose to accept us because of Your love for us, so Lord I just want to say thank You for being my Master and my Lord. My beginning and my end, or everlasting King! Please direct me to ways of showing Your love today and give me wisdom to represent You in everything I say of do. Bless my readers with all of these good things also, as they totally surrender to You…. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Sebring, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

 

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