The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Solomon saw that God had given us gifts to enjoy in this life. Ecclesiastes 3: 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. [1]

Earlier, Solomon had found life meaningless. Ecclesiastes 1: Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.[2] As he refocused on God, he found a way to enjoy life.

Enjoying the Work of Our Hands

Solomon is not encouraging pagan hedonism but rather enjoying God’s gifts resulting from our labor, no matter how difficult life may be. Enjoying our food and drink is a simple but profound part of life. Material things give momentary pleasure, but true enjoyment is a gift from God. We can delight in the material blessings God permits to come to us through our work. Godly joy recognizes that every good gift comes from above.

God is a Joy Giver

As Solomon considered all the different times in life, he could see that life on this earth is temporary. But God is eternal and has created us to be eternal. Life is meaningful and enjoyable when we live for Him and let Him have His way. Many see God as a cosmic joy-killer, but God delights in human enjoyment. This picture is different from what most people think life is like as they serve the living God.

God was willing to send His Son to redeem and restore our joy:

John 15:11 I (Jesus) have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! [3]

John 16: 13 “I (Jesus) told them (the disciples) many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.[4] 

We have a Savior who came to restore what sin corrupted and give us joy. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have, let’s enjoy what we do have and thank God for it.

To learn how God has given us gifts to enjoy, listen here:

[1-4 Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ec 3:11–13). Tyndale House Publishers.

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