Ecclesiastes chapter two, continues to be of poetic nature. Very contemplative and philosophically the author who I believe is King David, as mentioned in Ecclesiastes 1:1, reflects on his life with a very melancholy tone.
He seems to be saying that despite a fantastic life, and fantastic pleasures, and fantastic accomplishments, still it somewhat seems for naught or in vain. He repeatedly calls it, “vanity,” but in verse 24 he seems to resolve that it is what it is and is GOOD for a man to enjoy the fruits of his labor, and the blessings that God gives him.
This brings to my mind:
James 1:17 ~Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Colossians 3:2 ~Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.in all things give thanks
Honestly I take David’s bemoaning to be an expression of humility. He recognized his position in time, and in relation to God. He did not build his life or his blessings or accomplishments to be the center of his focus. He calls it vanity, and as his life bared out, he tried hard to keep God the focus and to maintain eternal perspective.
In conclusion he seems to settle on accepting his blessings, enjoying his blessings, and giving God the gratitude and glory.
Dear Father in Heaven, and on Earth where two or more are gathered, and in our hearts when invited,
I invite you into my heart, I pray, everyday. Please be with me in my work, and may I do it as unto you. Help me to glorify you in my everyday workings and dealings, and help me to ENJOY the fruits of my labor, and the blessings that you have shared with me.
Give me wisdom on how to manage my blessings, and may I be obedient to bless others. Thank you for my savior Jesus. In His name I pray. AMEN
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If you missed the other parts of this series, you can find them here: Introduction to Devotional Series on Ecclesiastes