Pleasure residing in God’s work

Ecclesiastes 2: 24 “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.”

What do you keep your hands busy with? In which actions do you find pleasure in? Why do you do everything that you do? In the first few chapters of Ecclesiastes, the Teacher referred to in this book, who was the son of David (a man who was close to the heart of God), faced an existential crisis. He uses the first two chapters to describe the things he kept himself busy with throughout his life to feel purposed and to find pleasure. Through this he describes all that he had and all that he had done in life as a waste. He describes it as though he was ‘chasing the wind’.  


It is in this realization of verse 24 however, that the Teacher started to come to understand where the purpose of his own works lie. The pleasure in his work (his passion for his hand’s works) came from God, his sustenance (provision) came from God, and similarly, his purpose came from God.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 reads “God gives wisdom, knowledge and joy to those who please Him, but if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who pleases Him. This, too, is meaningless – like chasing the wind.”

We as Christians should strive to find pleasure in the things that pleases the Lord our God. We should seek His presence and His wisdom in all that we do. We should delight in the things the Lord has placed in our lives even if these things are merely there for a little while. We should learn to enjoy the food we have been provided with and the work we have been chosen to do. We must exalt His name through everything we do and take delight in the prospect of being willing vessels used by Him.


Psalms 37:4 reads “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”

May you go out and experience God’s love as you enter into this new day. May you find pleasure in the things you do for Him.

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