Since this has been a light week blogging for me I thought I would put up a second short post. I am currently reading a commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes written by Robert McLaughlin (check out his website here). This quote caught my attention today so I thought I would share it:
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13. “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor — it is the gift of God.”
Notice that God has given us four things in this passage. First, He’s the one who gives us the ability to rejoice and enjoy life; there’s nothing better for us than to rejoice. God’s perspective and hope gives the believer the ability to rejoice regardless of the circumstances. The second thing that God gives is the ability to produce divine good in one’s lifetime. Notice that the doing of good is in this lifetime. Galatians 6:10, “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
There is a third gift in verse 13, which is an appetite to eat and drink. People who are very successful and wealthy don’t always have an appetite. Quite like a good night’s sleep, it can’t be bought. One can buy drugs to put him to sleep, but he cannot buy the ability to sleep. This is a gift from God. Then there’s a fourth gift mentioned in verse 13, to see good in all our labor, it is the gift of God. Solomon said that each of these four things is a gift from God, as does James 1:17, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom no variation, or shifting shadow.”
The Eight Experiments of Man: A Commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes
Robert R. McLaughlin
We live in a time and place where many of us, myself included, struggle with enjoying the things we are meant to enjoy. Capacity for life comes from God and a lot of us are missing out on it!