Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18 (additional reading: Psalm 48:1-14 and Proverbs 22:17-19)
One survey reports that 54% of all Americans go to work primarily to escape the boredom of life at home. And 70% of American teenagers say they are bored with school. The survey also reported that 25% of teenagers said they got drunk on the weekend because they were so bored.
The difference between living and existing can often be traced to one’s philosophy of life. Your time on this earth, whether long or short, should be something that you enjoy. Regardless of your circumstances, it is possible to have that joy, with God can you find true happiness. Ecclesiastes 9:7-8 tells us: Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do.
Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes9:10 – Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. We don’t know how long we have to live so we’d better give everything we do our absolute all.
Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase which means “Seize the day!” You know, if we fear God and walk by faith, we don’t have to try to escape life or even try to endure life.
Chuck Swindoll said, “If you are waiting to live it up when you’re six feet under, pal, you’re in for a major disappointment! The time to live is now! And the way to do it is to pull out all the stops and play full volume!
It’s been said that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to what happens to you. Understand that there will be obstacles in life. Whether we make it to the finish line or not depends on how you approach these obstacles. Warren Wiersbe comments: “Since death is unavoidable and life is unpredictable, the only course we can safely take is to yield ourselves into the hands of God and walk by faith in His Word. We don’t live by explanations; we live by promises. We don’t depend on luck but on the providential working of our loving Father as we trust His promises and obey His will.”
God has prepared a great life for you, in this world and in the next – we need to learn to enjoy it and enjoy all the fullness of what He has prepared for us!
- Do you enjoy life?
- Do you think you’re living the life God intended?
Father, Thank You that You have a great life planned for us. What better thing could we desire than to work in fellowship with You? Help us to give thanks for all that You do and enjoy the things You bless us with. In Jesus’ name, Amen