The Theology of Ecclesiastes (3)


We saw yesterday that God made man an upright, spiritual being, but man turned from God plan. We also saw that life doesn’t have to be empty and burdensome if we put our trust in Christ. Today, we’ll look at how God wants man to view labor and leisure.

Bible Reading

(Ecc 2:24) There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

(Ecc 3:13) And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

(Ecc 5:18-20) Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. 20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

(Ecc 8:15) Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Solomon put in writing the philosophy of many people, “to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.” He saw this as God’s gift to humanity. Work hard and enjoy the fruit of your labors. Is this right thinking? Well, God’s does want us to enjoy what He has provided for us:

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

God isn’t against pleasure. But it is easy for the pursuit of pleasure and wealth to hinder us spiritually. An individual, a church, or a nation can get lulled into a false sense of spiritual security because they’re well off materially. Then pleasure becomes our enemy:

Luk 12:19-21 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. (20) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (21) So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Rev 3:16-17 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Deu 6:10-12 And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, (11) And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; (12) Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

What About You?

  • Are you enjoying the blessings God has given you?
  • Have your blessings become a spiritual distraction?

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