As we exit the “time” statements, King Solomon turns our focus towards the value of work and the desires of our hearts.
In this time when so many people have lost their jobs or businesses, Solomon asks,
“Does a person really gain anything from his work?”Ecclesiastes 3:9
If our focus is solely on our earning potential, then we might not gain anything from our work.
However, if we view our work from the perspective of service, our work takes on new meaning. Work becomes an extension of what Christ has done in our lives.
God has given us talents and abilities. He wants and expects that we use them. We glorify God through the work we do.
“I saw the hard work God has given us to do.”Ecclesiastes 3:10
When Adam sinned in the garden, the curse placed upon him was the ground would be hard and he would toil much.
Work is not easy, and in many cases, it is incredibly stressful. Our bodies were not meant to carry the burden of stress upon it.
Ultimately, work should be enjoyable, but that doesn’t mean we like it every day.
King Solomon closes with this reminder,
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”Ecclesiastes 3:11
Our work and our lives can be difficult at times, and you might be experiencing this right now. God wants us to remember that He sees the beginning from the end, and He works things out for His good.
We may not see it right now, but in time, He makes things beautiful but that often comes with perspective.
Our time is now – eternity is our destiny – the location is up to you.
How can you help point someone to an eternity with God today?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of work you give to each one of us. Thank you for placing eternity in our hearts. Help me to point someone to an eternity with you today in some small way. Amen!
- Life Is Beautiful – The Afters (song)