Something I haven’t done in awhile. I hadn’t opened my Bible in weeks. I know, I know, it’s not good to do that. Believe me, I have suffered more for it than you can imagine. So this morning I got up and grabbed my Bible and my journal and walked over to the student union and sat in there for about an hour and a half reading and reflecting on Ecclesiastes. I have to admit that I haven’t enjoyed God as much as I did this morning.
As I was journaling through each heading of the first four chapters of the book, I felt the Spirit pose 5 questions for me that I need answered.
1. Why am I attempting to do good for others if it will not be remembered? (Ecc. 1:11)
2. Why should I act wisely? (Ecc. 2:15)
3. Do I have reason to hate life? And do I actually hate it? (Ecc. 2:17)
4. What is it time for in my life? (Ecc. 3:1-8)
5. What is ‘good’? (Ecc. 3:12)
Now maybe you can’t answer 3 and 4 for me, but what about the other 3 questions, what do you think?
A few of the observations that I made today, though, were these:
1. That 2:24 and 25 are very sobering
A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
It seems strange to me that the best I can ever do in this life is to eat and drink and enjoy my work. Seems sort of…uh…boring. But worst of all, I can’t even do that unless God puts his hands into it. Again, my image of myself has shrunken again.
2. That the very classic passage about there being a time and season for every activity under that sun reminds me about how beautiful it is to be a human being. All of the activities listed there just remind me about the realness and goodness of living the human life. And even though they aren’t all happy, fun, things, they all have their place in my life and obviously some sort of purpose.
I feel so great today after spending time with God. I forgot how amazing it is to spend time with the One who created my very being.