I’ve begun reading Ecclesiastes. Somewhat of a troubled author. At first read I felt this could never pertain to me for I don’t feel I loose myself in wealth or entertainment or things. But we all do in some form of course. Would be lying if I said otherwise. But that isn’t my focus today. God gives us Bible stories in hopes we will learn from others and not have to learn on our own all over again.
In only the first few chapters of Ecclesiastes the author Solomon speaks continually of his desires and riches and how much he has gained. The extent of its beauty and the labour that went into it. And yet there remains a pause in his words…he is still alone and so very unhappy. He had built up this empire to such a degree that he pushed all human companionship away. No family. No friends. Only his continual drive to curate more and the best. He had become blind to anything else. His fumble teaches us.
A lovely truth revealed here is that we need community. We need family. And it’s not because “it’s the right thing to do” but because who and what we fill our lives with also creates our character and soul. God gives us so much; it is what we do with it and how we perceive it that matters. We can learn from Solomons mistakes and the wisdom he gained from them.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 Satisfaction comes from God!
So even in our self gain we loose it when we die; but our material gain remains for someone who God can give it to. Someone who can use it.
Even when sinful choices are made God’s plan is not deterred.
But honestly no self-gain ever comes from being used by God; whether willingly sacrificed or of self, for it is not ours but Gods. True love is selfless.
God is our Creator! He leads us on mission for Him.
Our reward is Heaven and Salvation to come; but these should not diminish the importance of the reality of our selfless work for God still to be done.
Lord, I’m learning how to communicate with a loving caring heart. With no agenda. To hear and feel. I see the Holy Spirit has been trying to get thru to me about this for some time. I’m listening. Teach me more. Show me the parts of my character that have hardened and break them free to absorb your love.
“Responsibility for loved ones is an effective means to the development of character. Without such incentives a man becomes self-centered, and the springs of benevolence within him dry up.” (Bible Commentary on Ecclesiastes 4:8 ‘Neither Child nor brother’.)
Benevolence. Noun. The quality of being well-meaning; Kindness.
Disposition to do good.
An act of kindness.
Synonyms: kindness, kindheartedness, goodness, goodwill, charity, unselfishness, compassion, openhandedness
True and lasting happiness is not provided by the world. We can only be truly happy by giving our lives to our Saviour Jesus Christ. Let the Holy Spirit into your heart to create that self-less character to allow you to be led thru life on mission for God.
What a beautiful image. God created us for family because it builds the kind of character that strengthens community and fulfills the mission of hope on this earth. Jesus died for us to have that hope freely. His death strengthened God’s mission and made it fire-proof. All God expects is that we create and keep His family strong and growing so He can bring us to Him when He returns.
I hope this fills you with the desire to serve God! It has awakened in me a thirst for truth and a longing to be on mission for Him!
Come Lord Jesus come! Matthew 24:30 “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
Dear friends I wish you a wonderful fall season. With Thanksgiving fast approaching gather your family and friends close and be in each moment with them! I am thankful for YOU! You are a blessing to me!