Ecclesiastes 2:24 – There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
Oftentimes we are pressured to feel guilt for enjoying the fruits of our labors. However the Bible tells us that the Lord loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) and that we should not muzzle the ox that treads the corn (Deuteronomy 25:4). In the case of the giver, giving is most blessed when the giving is out of pure intentions for the good of the receiver. In the case of the laborer, work is most profitable when done for gain and not under duress. In both the greatest blessing results from willing participation.
In His sovereignty, God draws men and women into His service, and He does so by changing their hearts of stone into hearts tender for the hope of salvation. In that moment, the heart can truly enjoy the good in life as a blessing rather than an obligation because the tender hearted child wants to please the Father and return to a right relationship with Him. Enjoying the good then is found in willing good works.
In Ecclesiastes we find the record of King Solomon’s experiments in worldly philosophy. He spent his vast wealth proving the success and failure of his philosophies. In the end he realized that obedience to God is the only path that leads to lasting happiness. This good is not only our purpose, it is the source of our greatest joy. And so, today “Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good” (Job 34:4). Redeem the day while it is still light!