“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). When God created the world He knew there would be both love and hate, planting and uprooting, peace and war, and so on. The existence of good and evil, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow,… was necessary for free will to be a part of our world. If all was only good we would not really be choosing to love and obey God. Yet God’s intent is still for good – for good in our lives and for good in the world. In the end, God’s goodness and love will reign. As we come to our end, we can enter His glory and experience nothing but good in heaven. As this world comes to and end, there will be a restoration of all things and God will once again dwell among humanity.
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink and find satisfaction in his toil – this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 12-13) God desires for us to also be the good in the world. We are to go forth and to bring the love of Christ with us to all that we meet in the world. When we do good in the world, when we live following Christ’s example, then we are able to find true happiness. This is one of God’s gifts to us.
God’s gift to us is also to find satisfaction in our toil. Our efforts, our job, our work is meant to bring us joy. God’s intent is for me to love my job and to serve Him with all I can as I work. In others areas of toil, I must do the same. In shoveling the driveway or serving the meal at the mission I can experience and encounter God in nature or in the faces of those I serve. God is all around me. God is all around everyone. Thanks be to God for His presence in our lives and for these gifts that He brings.
Scripture reference: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13