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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry With God's Gift

John Collins03/23/2012In Ecclesiastes, Solomon considered his life and decided that most of what he did was in vain.  He wrote several warnings against vanity.

In Ecclesiastes 5, he said that we should carefully watch what we do when we enter the house of God.  It is better to listen than to offer the "sacrifice of fools," which though was offered to God, was evil.

He said not to speak too quickly or let your heart be too hasty to speak to God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.  We should let our words be few when we speak to God.  He said that a dream comes with much activity, and a fool's voice comes with many words.

He said that when you make a promise to God, you should not delay in keeping it.  God has no pleasure in fools.  You should keep the promises that you make to God.

You should not let your mouth lead you into sin by speaking many words.  If your promise fails to come to pass, do not tell others that it was a mistake.  Solomon asked, "Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?"  When dreams increase and the words grow many, you will find vanity.  

God is the one you must fear.

Likewise, when you see the oppression of the poor, and those who do not live their lives right, do not be amazed.  The officials are watched by a higher official.  The higher officials are watched by those higher than them.  This is profitable for a land in every way, it shows a king committed to cultivated fields. 

Solomon said that those who love money will not be satisfied with money.  Those who love wealth will not be satisfied with his income.  This also is vanity.  When their goods increase, those who love them has no advantage other than to see them with their own eyes.

The one who labors has the best sleep.  Whether he eats little or much, he sleeps well.  The stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.

Solomon warned that there was one evil that he considered very disheartening.  Riches kept by their owner, and those riches were lost in a bad investment, and nothing to give to their children.  The one who lost it will die just as he came into the earth, taking nothing with him though he worked very hard for his wealth.  Solomon asked, "What does this man gain?  He toils and labors only for the wind?  He eats his meals in darkness, and is cursed to sickness and anger."

Solomon said that what he found to be good and fitting was to eat and drink, and live happily with what is allotted to you in life.  It is good to work for the few days of life that God has given you, and be satisfied.  To everyone, God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and power to accept his lot in life and rejoice in his labor.  This is the gift of God.  

Those who are happy with what is given to them will not sit contemplating the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we too hasty when we speak to God?  Do we pray long, drawn out prayers with many words as a fool?  Do we make promises to God that we never keep?  When our prayers are not answered, do we think that God was the reason?  Do we love money?  Have we became fat from our riches to the point we struggle to find sleep?  Do we hold onto our wealth, invest it unwisely, and have nothing to give to our children?  Are we happy with the things that God has given us, or do we lust after more?  Have we accepted the gift God has given us?

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