May 24, Reading 2 – Ecclesiastes 2:11-3:15

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SAA Notes

You will notice that the theme of the Book of Proverbs, wisdom & folly, is the theme of Ecclesiastes too. The section A Time For Everything is very thought provoking.

SJA Notes

Wow, there are some massive big chunks of wisdom in Ecclesiastes; really epic thoughts.

3 v11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

We can find profound beauty in the most ordinary of things, events and experiences. The more we see God at work, the more we understand His purposes from His word, the more we go about the work and business He has for us – The more our eyes are opened to the wonder and beauty that He has wrought!

We often forget what it means to find joy in simple pleasures.

Solomon here pokes a pin in the balloon of self-worth and self-grandiose behaviour.

After speaking of toil, the vanity, sorrow and vexation, he says, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?”

The first section is clear – We are to find enjoyment in our toil! God has created us and what we do with layer after layer of depth and meaning.

But the second section, how important that is! To recognise that this is FROM GOD! APART FROM HIM – What hope is there? What enjoyment can be found?

If we stress about our legacy, what we are building and who we are leaving it too; if our worries of the future swamp us and drown our emotions – Then we miss out on this vital truth.

Find joy in our work.

How?

Later Solomon will tell us, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might,”

And Paul tells us in Colossians 3, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”

Work with all our might, our heart, for the Lord.

That’s how we will, day by day, little by little, find joy in our toil.

* Father God, thank You for this word to us today. Thank You that even in our broken state, even though the world is cracked apart by sin, even though You cursed the ground and our toil, you have given to us the ability to get joy in our work.

Please help us in this Lord, for without You, apart from You, we are nothing and we have nothing.

This we pray today,

Amen.

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