Living In The Moment
Daily Devotional Series - Day 21
Reading: Ecclesiastes 5:16-20
“So, what are you going to do?” This is a question my parents would ask me every so often when I was in college. They weren’t pushy about it but simply probing to see if I had figured it out yet. What was my grand purpose? My grand purpose being defined by “what are you going to do?” So you worry about your future. You don’t want to make a mistake because…some of you have been asked, “When are you going to make something of yourself?” indicating that someone thinks you have wasted time. So you regret time and actions that can never be recovered spent on something less than noble. I live filled with “what ifs”? “What if I had just done…?” What if something happens?” Solomon says that kind of life looks like this. “All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.” I have lived like that.
A few years ago, reading through Ecclesiastes, I circled Ecclesiastes 5:19-20. It was a revelation. I wrote in the margin, “I want this!” You should circle it too. Highlight it. Bookmark it. Share it. A life that is content with no worries or regrets and full of joy is not earned. It is given by God. This promise is for you. Read Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-34.
“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. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”
Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (NIV)