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Thursday, July 19, 2018

God’s Gifts for Now

In review of Ecclesiastes 5:19 it says, “If God gives us wealth and property and lets us enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for. It is a gift from God” (GNT).

Today’s verse come from Ecclesiastes 5:18-20. In it Solomon writes, even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life, this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so buy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past.

God wants me to view what I have (whether it is much or little) with the right perspective, my possessions are a gift from God. Although they are not the source of joy, they are a reason to rejoice because every good thing comes from God. I should focus more on the Giver than the gift. I can be content with what I have when I realize that with God I have everything I need.

I’m reminded in 1 Timothy 6:17 that God “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (NIV). This is the kind of God I serve. He gave me the world for my enjoyment! But here’s the problem: I’m so busy getting more that I don’t enjoy what I’ve got.

Today I need to consider, “What am I not enjoying right now?” It’s easy to get caught up in a “when and then” type thinking, its a “When this happens, then I’ll be happy.”

The truth is that I’ll be as happy as I choose to be. Happiness is a choice! If I’m not happy now, I’m not going to be happy later. Seems I could anywhere in the world and see two people living right next door to each other. One is miserable, and one is happy. What I’m learning is that happiness has nothing to do with my circumstances. It has everything to do with my attitude. If I’m not happy living on what I’m living on right now, I won’t be happy with any more. This is because I’d always want a little bit more.

Happiness is a choice. Choose to enjoy what God has given me right now for my enjoyment!

Bottom Line:
Enjoy what God gives, be grateful and thankful. Enjoy your work. They are all gifts from God.

What this means to me:
It's a good thing for me to receive the things I have in my life from God and the good health to enjoy them. It’s key for me to enjoy my work and accept my lot in life. Everything is a gift from God.

In summary, It is good for me to enjoy what I have, even my work. These are all gifts from God. I know that I get so busy that I don't get the chance to enjoy what I have. I need to pause frequently to be grateful for what God has gifted me with. I need to bring to mind that my happiness and enjoyment have nothing to do with my circumstances, rather it has everything to do with my attitude.

I have to admit that I do get caught up in the waiting side to enjoy things, especially at work. There is such a great deal of tasks and competing work items that I get overwhelmed. It’s hard for me to get my team on the same page about what needs to happen. This affects my attitude at times. I want to pursue the choice to be happy in my circumstances and with the gifts that God provides me. Happiness in life is a choice. The easy choice is to enjoy what God has given me right now.

This morning I want to thank you Father for your provision in my life, including my job. I need to not be so worried about trying to get everything done. I need to rely on you for the wisdom and guidance to do what is most important and what will accomplish your will. Father I pray today for your guidance and wisdom to help me accomplish what is important in my shorter day. Help me to enjoy what you have given, including the time with family this weekend. This I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!