Enjoying Life (Ecclesiastes 9; Titus 1)

“Go, eat your bread in joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.”  Ecc. 9:7

I am a people watcher!  Just last week I was sitting in a motel breakfast room watching people.  I noticed the different sizes and shapes of people.  I noticed how diverse these people were.  But one thing stood out above all other things was this, “Many of these people were clearly unhappy.”  Now some people might be saying, “Well, it was morning time.”  This could be true, but looking deeper it is clear that many people are miserable because of what is in their hearts.

Consider Solomon’s quest for happiness in the book of Ecclesiastes.  For 12 chapters we find Solomon attempting to have joy in the things of this world.  But in the end Solomon knew there was zero joy in this life alone.

But Solomon knew there was another option.  This option brings true joy to our lives.  This joy is the joy of a life lived for Jesus.  We see this clearly in Vs: 7-10

Think it through:

1.  Solomon lived to praise God:  “There was a merry heart because he knew all he had was a gift from God.”

2.  Solomon challenges us to be pure before God: “Let your garments be always be white.”  As we live with a pure life we are right with God and we reside in relationship with God.

3.  Solomon experiences the power of God:  “Let oil always be on your head.”  This speaks about the power of the Holy Spirit.

4.  Solomon teaches us to serve God with the partner of marriage.

5.  Solomon summons us to purpose before God, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all of your heart.”  

Our response:

Any one of these things could take a lot of time.  But separately they leave us still short of enjoying life.  We must follow each of these things every day because they will bring joy to our lives.  I am reminded of Paul’s direction to pastors in Titus 1: “Be disciplined in your walk with Christ.”

There can truly be joy in our lives when we live this way!!!


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