God Ordained Our Way Of Life

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    Ecclesiastes 9:7 says, “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a  joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.”

    Theological Reflection

    Ecclesiastes belongs to that literary genre known as Hebrew Wisdom.  The author is not a prophet who speaks from divine revelation; no, he observes life, learns from life.  In doing so, he rejects the traditional wisdom of his day.  The wisdom of man is limited because he is a creature; true wisdom exist in God.

    Why do we exist? This is the question that runs throughout Ecclesiastes.  In his answer this question the author/preacher offers advice to those who will listen.

    It is clear the author of Ecclesiastes believes in God.  God is sovereign, and God is creator; based on these two basic facts the author constructs his philosophy of life.

    As human beings, when we are on the path that pleases God we are gifted with joy and  peace that we can feel like fire down in our bones.  As the fire of joy and peace burns in our hearts and souls, that in no room for doom and gloom.

    Seek enjoyment, seek enjoyment and pull enjoyment out of the activities of the world.  Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the abundance that has come to life in Christ.

    Notice the text says, “eat your food” and “drink your wine.”  Your own, not what belongs to someone else; what you earned by your honesty, from the work of your hands, the work of your life. In this you have God’s favor.

    Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun that to eat and drink and be glad.”

    Prayer

    Father, in the name of Jesus we praise you today.  Lord, we lift up your name hoping that others will see you, and be drawn to you.  You are the truth, you are the way, you are the light and we love you with all our might, with all and heart, mind and soul.  Thank you Jesus.

    Dear Lord, we honor and praise you for the work of our hands.  Because you provided more than we need, we have been blessed to give, to share, to help families, friends; help others enjoy the good life, which is the life we received in you.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! In Jesus name. Amen