At times, while seeking blessings, we all get embittered by tough circumstances of life. Long before I ever got embittered, both my great-grandparents and grandparents did; now my generation and I do. In fact, ever since the Fall of Adam and Eve, life has always gone sour; everybody agrees on this. There is a lot of jeremiad here: we wish that life could be better and that we could be clothed with immortality.
The hardship and irony of life have long caught the eye of the wise. Out of his experience with life, Solomon expounded on life in its entirety to the oblivious. His book, Ecclesiastes, is marked with what I could call the summary of life: “Everything is meaningless.” While many could argue about this condition of life, or even object to the king’s statement, I’d rather dedicate my time to sharing three blessings of life, which are the only relics or remains of this crooked, marred and obliterated world.
As king Solomon points out, what do you get from life engulfed by injustices, suffering, corruption, war and death? Despite your dedication to work, not always is your work appreciated; your good deeds are easily blotted out—your mistakes and failures ever remembered; your good deeds—the innocent—are punished; evil deeds—wrongdoers—go unpunished; a slow runner wins, your speedy legs fail you at the finish line; you hoard riches, but go naked at death as in your birthday; you lead a prosperous life and, in the twinkling of an eye, find yourself at death’s door. What good is life then? The king is right: “…most fortunate…are those who are not yet born. For they have not seen all the evil that is done under the sun.” Eccl. 4:3. The good news, however, is that Solomon, in his search for the truth behind life, discovered three blessings for us in the world:
“…there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work.” Eccl. 2:24.
“…people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God.” Eccl. 3:12, 13 NLT.
So, here is what I have to say to you: whether you are an expecting parent, a teenager, or in your sixties, it does not matter what you are going through now. The truth is that, as we come into the world, we are all subject to trials, suffering and all the evil; as Solomon says, the only things we should best enjoy are food, drink and work. So, here’s my piece of advice for you: do not ever deprive yourself of food and drink after your hard work. Instead, always celebrate regardless of how minor the achievement—for life is too short to brood over trivial matters that rob you from joy!
What’s more, trust in Jesus today, tomorrow and forever, for He’s your very Savior.