Just like sex (now that I have your attention), which can either be: a very self-centered , lustful, “conquest-driven” activity, or a God-honoring, other-person centered, guilt-free pleasurable experience, so I find King Solomon’s advice to pursue “eat and drink, and find pleasure in your work” Ecclesiastes 2:24,3:13, 5:18, 8:15, 9:7) advice that can be easily mis-understood.
I don’t believe Solomon is saying that going out, partying every night at the bars is a wise thing to do. Pursuing that “live for the moment” selfish kind of lifestyle can be very damaging to your life (as well as others).
I believe what Solomon is teaching in these verses something similar to what Jesus said, “in the world you have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”, or then again, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. so do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.
The point in all this is that none of us knows what will happen in the future. However, right now, we can take responsibility for our actions and attitudes. We can make sure that we are in a positive relationship with God as we are living obediently in faith.
As part of our faith, we can understand that although we don’t know the future, God does. We can trust Him with our lives as He has already proved trustworthy in showing His loving for us, by Jesus dying on a cross in our place so that we could be forgiven of our sins and reconciled back to the Father.
We also can realize we are living right now and we can be grateful. Do all of our physical senses function properly/ Do we have food to eat today? shelter to live in? do we have transportation to get around? do we have a job? do we have people around us who love us?….on and on it can go—things to be grateful for and to enjoy.
So, rather than thinking today about what more you need to get, how about just enjoying what you already got!
Thank you for your reading of this post. I hope it has been a blessing for you in some way.
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