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.
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.
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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