Week Three – Day 1 – Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 SOAP v. 14-15
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.
11 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good as long as they live; 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and see and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. 14 I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it, for God does it so that men will fear and worship Him [with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is God].15 That which is has already been, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by [so that history repeats itself]. (AMP version)
In His Time – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URdDVDA0WwQ
O – I love how the Amplified Version writes these verses…. He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity (a sense of divide purpose) in the human heart (a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God). Wow ! I know this, but to read it this morning gives new meaning to what we’ve been reading in Ecclesiastes. NOTHING satisfies but God, BUT this longing has been put in our hearts by God! HE gives us that desire to want Him, to desire Him, to crave His presence, but WE crowd it out with so many other things – that do not satisfy! Also, God gives us the ability to eat and drink and see and enjoy the fruits of our labors – this, too, is a gift from God! And – whatever God does – it endures forever – nothing can be added or taken away from it. Why? Because God does this so we will revere Him (fear and worship Him – and be filled with an awe-filled reverence!) This reminded be of a verse from Isaiah – “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) WHATEVER God does – is forever. His plans encompass eternity! He IS eternal – He does not begin or end – and all things are made by Him. “ All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3) IF we realize this, our work, our lives, our worship, all that we are and have – make sense.
A – I have had this sense over the past months – that all that I have, and enjoy, and own, and all the blessings that I experience – come from God. I cannot claim the credit, nor can I say “it’s all mine!” When I think of my life now, with so many changes, I STILL know that He has created them, and given me a life, a partner, ministry – to enjoy. BUT – it is not mine, it is a gift from God. I need to realize this – that all that I enjoy now is done so I can give honor and glory to Him. Everything, everything – is from Him, starting with our salvation! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8 – 10) Our salvation is a gift. Why? So we can’t take the credit for saving ourselves! And – we were created in Christ Jesus to do good works – even those were given to us by God! It all circles back to Him. He is God – and we are not.
P – Father God, thank You for ALL you have given to me, blessed me with, and bestowed upon me. You have been so gracious! Thank You for the grace that saved me, for Your loving care, and for Your handiwork. You created me to live for You – help me in each day to consider the works of my hands, and to give it to Your glory.