Monday, June 15, 2020

15 June 2020 - Ecclesiastes 6 and 2 Samuel 7:18-29

Today’s devotion is from Ecclesiastes 6 and 2 Samuel 7:18-29

General view of life would be if we are wealthy, we will find joy and happiness. In Ecclesiastes 6, the author basically saying there is more to life than our material world and even if we have wealth, it will not satisfy us (v.1-2). In v.3-6, we can live what seems to be a good life to outsiders but still feel life is meaningless. 

Heart of gratitude

The meaning of life can only be found in knowing God. God has created human beings in his image to love and honour him. Once we know our creator, we will know our purpose. Our purpose is not to pursue earthly possessions but to pursue Him. This is where our second daily scripture reading comes in where we have King David’s prayer of gratitude. Even with his power over a kingdom, David knew that all earthly pleasures can never satisfy his soul. What gives us full enjoyment in life is knowing that God has redeemed us through Jesus Christ and a day is coming when we have eternal life. More than our wealth and more than good life is the grace that we receive freely through Jesus Christ.  

David also knew that he did not deserve promises, blessings, wealth or power. Despite being popular in the nation of Israel and military success, David humbles himself and considers himself unworthy of the Lord’s blessings. David recognized this when he said “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? Unlike the struggle of the author in Ecclesiastes, David clearly saw that all the goodness of his life came because of God and knowing God.  

Rejoice always in the Lord

We should rejoice in the Lord always and continuing rejoicing no matter what our circumstances are.  This is the heart of contentment.  Being content is not dependent on receiving what we want, rather it’s being grateful for what we have.  Paul saw the prize “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”. (Philippians 3:8). We must fix our focus on Jesus and only in him and through him, we will have true wealth, peace and joy.

Prayer:

Lord, help me break free from any feelings of discontentment with life and live with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you for the life you have given me and thank you for giving us the gift of salvation which outweighs all the earthly pleasures. Where I am struggling with discontentment, may I choose gratitude for all You have done for me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.