13
Apr
15

The Gladness Of Heart

I think that we sometimes get the mistaken notion that we’re supposed to be miserable in this life and that we’ll be happy in eternity.  Solomon would disagree.

This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.​ – Ecclesiastes 5:18 (NIV)​

​In verse 19, he adds:​

Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. – Ecclesiastes 5:19 (NIV)

The blessings of this life are just that – blessings.  They are to be enjoyed for they are the gifts of God.  Rather than being jealous of those who have more, be content and satisfied with what you have.
Let’s face it, those of us who live in America are truly blessed.  There may be others who have more material blessings than you, but you are blessed.  If you have a place to rest your head at night – you are blessed.  If you have food in your refrigerator and pantry – you are blessed.  If you have a car (or cars) – you are blessed.  If you have a cell phone – you are blessed.  If you have more than 3 or 4 outfits of clothing – you are blessed.  If you have an internet connection (and if you are reading this, you do) – you are blessed.  The very basic things of life that we far too often take for granted are, in reality, blessings from God.
Be satisfied in God and in the gifts He’s given you.  Let God occupy your heart with gladness for all He’s done for you.  Don’t dwell on the negatives.  God has done so much for us.  Let’s remember His blessings, especially the greatest blessing of all: the gift of His Son, Jesus.

Ecclesiastes 5:16-20 (NIV)

This too is a grievous evil:

As everyone comes, so they depart,
    and what do they gain,
    since they toil for the wind?
17 All their days they eat in darkness,
    with great frustration, affliction and anger.

18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

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