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.
Everyone looks back at their lives, but for some it is a vortex, or an obsession that prevents them for appreciating what is before them. It becomes an loop that’s hard to break out of, making it difficult to find satisfaction in the present and deadens hope for the future.
This Scripture helps those willing to see it, that it’s God’s blessing that enables people to be glad with whatever their lot in life happens to be.
- Where is your satisfaction level right now for the job/career God has you in?
- Consider how our lot in life matches up in Romans 8:28. How does toilsome labor fit in with being something good from God? Is a shift in perspective needed? If so, what is it?
- Have you prayed to God for the gift of enjoying your labor?
Challenge: Pray to God to enjoy your “lot” whatever it may be right now.