Work Satisfaction

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:24, ‘A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.’

 

Observations: Solomon’s conclusion sounds a lot like the motto of the hedonist, ‘Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die!’ But Solomon makes two important distinctions. Firstly, it’s not the pursuit of pleasure that he is encouraging, rather it is finding satisfaction in our efforts. The Hebrew word means to find what is good in our work. Paul writes, ‘I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. (Phil 4:12)’ and ‘godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Tim 6:6)’ Secondly, Solomon sees food, drink and other good things as a gift from God. The good things in life aren’t things that we should pursue for our own pleasure, rather they are things that God gives us to enjoy. James reminds us that ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. (Jam 1:17)’

 

Application: Solomon’s point is that we should enjoy the good things that God has given us, not as an end in itself (that would be meaningless), but because those things have been given to us by God for us to enjoy. When I first worked at the poultry farm I hated it, but after a Bible study on work my attitude changed almost over night, and what I once hated, I saw as a gift. Firstly, do you recognize that everything you have and do is a gift from God? Secondly, do you thank God for the good things he has given you? Thirdly, do you find satisfaction in those things, whether it’s food and drink, or the work you do?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, even though humanity has rejected You, You are still so good to us. You give us life and breathe, You give us food and drink, You give us the ability to work and You provide us with homes and clothes and so many other good things. Forgive me Lord, when I pursue such things for my pleasure instead of thanking You for them. Forgive me Lord when I think these things come from my hand rather than Yours. Lord, help me grow in thankfulness, and appreciation for what You give. And help me use what You have given me for Your glory and honour. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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