May 26, Reading 2 – Ecclesiastes 5, 6

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SAA Notes

Don’t let the evils of life rob you of your faith in God and your pleasure in the ordinary joys of life.

SJA Notes

To accept our lot (v19).

Sometimes we get so focussed on righteous indignation at perceived inequality and injustice, and our focus can be driven by our jealousy and/or weakness – That we rail against God’s sovereign will for us.

It is hard when we see others in a different situation to us, particularly when that situation is graded as “better” by the world around us.

But God is clear, Solomon’s words tell us pointedly – “Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.”

THIS IS OUR LOT.

“Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil – this is the gift of God.”

If in God’s providence we have wealth and possessions, God doesn’t ask us to feel guilty about that. And we should take care not to make others feel this way if they do.

Instead we are to remember, that our “lot” is from the Lord. Where we are in life, our situation, our blessings (including temporal) – This is from the Lord. It is HIS will that we submit under.

I can think of no better verse, again (it’s a constant refrain) than Peter’s words in 1 Peter 5:

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

* Sovereign God, thank You for Your grace and mercy to us.

You give to us what we don’t deserve.

You don’t give us what we do deserve.

Help us Lord to come to grips with our lot in life, because You are sovereign. Help us to wrestle with where You have us on this journey.

Help us Lord because we cannot help ourselves.

Amen.

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