Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

18 Look! I have discovered what is good and fitting: to eat and to drink and to enjoy all the fruit of the toil with which one toils under the sun during the number of the days of his life that God gives to him—for this is his lot. 19 This indeed is a gift of God: everyone to whom God gives wealth and possessions, He also empowers him to enjoy them, to accept his lot, and to rejoice in the fruit of his toil. 20 For he does not remember the brief days of his life, for God keeps his heart preoccupied with enjoyment of life.

Today’s verse is verse twenty above, but the two preceding verses are needed for context. Also chose the Lexham English Bible version instead of my usual NIV because it is a great compromise between the ESV and the NIV. It is very literal, but uses sentence structure to do its best to communicate the text clearly. The LEB provides a title for these three verses as well: If You Have Wealth, Enjoy It as God Enables. Of course we need to be aware any titles such as this are not found in the original text.

So let us take a look directly at the verse of interest For he does not remember the brief days of his life, for God keeps his heart preoccupied with enjoyment of life. The Pulpit Commentary tells the following about the first half of this verse:

The man who has learned the lesson of calm enjoyment does not much concern himself with the shortness, uncertainty, or possible trouble of life. He carries out the counsel of Christ, Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, because tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).

For the second half of the verse we turn to the prior two verses where one enjoys all the fruit of his toil and accept his lot, and to rejoice in the fruit of his toil.

If we are striving, never satisfied with our lot in life, there is little we will enjoy and our hearts will not be preoccupied with enjoyment of life. We will miss out on the gift of life that is given to us, never appreciating what we have right in front of us each and every day. There are sunrises, sunsets, breezes, clouds, and rain among all the things we might enjoy in our lives if we would but open our hearts to them. Then there is family and friends, but most importantly our relationship with God.

So many do not see how wealthy they are, how blessed they are in their lives. Watch someone’s face from a country where clean water is a virtual miracle when they first observe clean drinkable water from a faucet. They see a blessing most of us are completely oblivious. I am seventy years of age and often see each day as a gift from God and sweet to experience. Some days that first drink of cold water of a morning is simply incredible as I feel it course through my body. Other days I simply take it all for granted forgetting how unbelievably wonderful life is.

God blesses us each and every day whether we take the time to enjoy the blessings or not. His greatest blessing is an offer of a Gift of Grace – forgiveness of our sins – if we will only accept His Son Jesus the Christ as our Lord and Savior.

It is Monday and I hope you have a Great Week enjoying all of your blessings each and every day.