Ecclesiastes 9:7 – 10 SOAP v. 10
7 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
8 Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.
9 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
O – Again, Solomon “sort of” has it – but not quite. Now, he is saying to enjoy life, be joyful, for “God has already approved what you do.” (ESV) His attitude toward life is “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”( I Cor. 15:32 – ESV) So, Solomon encourages us to: eat, drink, live a comfortable life (white garments, oil), enjoy life with your spouse – because “that’s what you get in life.” (kiclark version) Finally, he says to do whatever our “hand finds to do” with all our might – as we will not be able to do that in death. “Get all you can in life!” says Solomon.
But – is there another side to this? With the perspective of God and eternity – is it really “Enjoy what God has given you – food, drink, comfort, companionship, work…. – all the physical enjoyments that this world does give –BUT remember eternity. Remember WHO gave them to you. Remember WHY you work. Remember that we do ALL to the glory of God!” (kiclark)
We can apply the attitude reflected in Ecclesiastes 9:10 to our present service for God, and do it with your might. “No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow.” (Spurgeon)
iii. “Man was not created to be idle, he was not elected to be idle, he was not redeemed to be idle, he was not quickened to be idle, and he is not sanctified by God’s grace to be idle.” (Spurgeon)( David Guzik)
A – With the right perspective, I CAN enjoy the gifts that God has given to me: the comforts of home, companionship, relationships, work and ministry. Yes – I should do all that I do with “all my might”. It is “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. …. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Colossians 3:17,23 – ESV) THIS is the attitude towards work and life that we should have! To do what I do – to bring glory to Christ. To do what I do – for the Lord, not for people, or even for me or my own glory.
P – Father, what I do today – may it be done in Your name. Whether playing the piano, or working at home, or putting out mulch, or making dinner – may it be done heartily – and for Your glory. Thank You for all that You have given me – yes, the home, and food and clothing, companionship, and ministry. Father, may I use each gift as a gift, as an offering to You. Father, today, may I give my heart and mind and soul and strength – to serve the King of kings.
Rise Up o Men of God – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-aRClU5D_c
1 Rise up, O Men of God!
Have done with lesser things;
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.
2 Rise up, O Men of God!
His kingdom tarries long;
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.
3 Rise up, O sons of God!
The Church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task,
Rise up, and make her great!
4 Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod;
As foll’wers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O Men of God!