DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-06-01
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Ecclesiastes 3:9-14
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 9 What does one really get from hard work? 10 I have thought about this in connection with all the various kinds of work God has given to mankind. 11 Everything is appropriate in its own time. But though God has planted eternity in the hearts of men, even so, many cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I conclude that, first, there is nothing better for a man than to be happy and to enjoy himself as long as he can; 13 and second, that he should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of his labors, for these are gifts from God. 14 And I know this, that whatever God does is final—nothing can be added or taken from it; God’s purpose in this is that man should fear the all-powerful God.
OBSERVATION: Instead of griping and complaining about our job, or our work, we are encouraged by the wise King Solomon to instead remember that these are gifts from God. In doing so, we will do like any good child, we will worship and praise the Almighty for all that He has blessed us with! So what’s your stance on work – A pain? Something you dread? Something you wish that everyone else had to do, so that you wouldn’t have to? Or are you truly thankful to God everyday for Him blessing you with a job/income/ability to pay your own bills?
APPLICATION: I bet there are many days that you question whether God even loves you – especially when you have to leave a sick child at home, or perhaps you had a car accident on your way to work, yet you have to stay at work and give your boss every possible effort you could muster up. How do I know that? Well, I have also been there and done that! Many times it’s not until you pass by an underpass where dozens of homeless citizens live, that you finally raise the courage to raise your hands towards heaven and give God thanks for blessing you so incredibly. But I want to recommend another way that might help you to daily count your blessings. Try and open the Word of God each morning and read a few verses from His Word. Ask God to enlighten your heart and your soul so that you might see the awesome power and love of His Son, who sacrificed His life for sinners such as you and I. It won’t take many days of devotional time with God before you will begin to realize how awesome our God truly is! This will cause you to look at all the ways that He looks out for you, and all the ways that He provides for your every need. You will be reminded that the very job that you thought would kill you, is actually an awesome blessing from God, and it will become the source of your obedience in tithing and for praise and worship to your generous God. Friends, I am convinced that God provides awesome gifts for us each and every day. My prayer is that as we rise from our beds each day, we will raise up sweet hallelujahs to the King of all kings for having such a love for even us, and for giving unconditionally to us in so many wonderful ways. Perhaps the world may then be convinced that Jesus lives within us, provides generously for us and loves us like no other could possibly love us, until He returns to take us home to glory!
PRAYER: Loving Lord, we are ever so grateful for all that You give to us and all that you provide for us each and every day. Please forgive us when we moan and complain even about the very things that You bless us with. Please teach us to always lift up holy hands in praise and admiration of our awesome God, so that others may see and believe. We love You Lord, and we are eternally thankful for all that You do for us. AMEN!
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