God’s Gift

by Christian Thomas Golden

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

“This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”

God hasn’t called us to be stressed. God has not called us to be anxious. God has not called us to be afraid. God has not called us to be lonely, depressed, insecure, weak slaves to our sin and weaknesses.

God has called us to be wise, powerful, confident, courageous, able, joyful, peaceful, and strong to master our sin.

Genesis 4:7-8

“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

I do not believe that this scripture is intended as a threat or scare-tactic from God. This is a word of encouragement. This is a promise. Let us do what is right, be accepted by God, and thereby be empowered to rule over the sin that wants to master us.

Above all, let us remember:

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

AGAIN: These are not threats, they are promises and words of encouragement. Accept them and employ them according to the characteristics of God (power, joy, courage, love, confidence, peace, wisdom, and strength).

I will wrap this up full-circle with the repetition of the first scripture I quoted in this post:

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

“This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”

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