“If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness… I say that a stillborn child is better than he” (Eccl. 6:3, NKJV)
This verse is intense. Solomon here expresses the conviction that a long life is completely empty of value if the one living it is not “satisfied with goodness.” He flatly insists it would be better to have emerged from the womb already dead than to continue our frenzied routine activities void of this essential ingredient.
Holy Spirit nudged me to revisit Ecclesiastes this weekend. I was needing the reminder. I was getting too caught up in the rush of working towards goals, and losing sight of the enjoyment factor. Gently, He redirected me to this truth. God wants to give us the gift of satisfaction, right here, right now, right where we are in this moment. He intends for us to be daily satisfied with goodness.
So urgently does He want us to understand this truth, that He put the message on repeat. I found verses in most of the chapters of Ecclesiastes that make reference to it. Here are two more:
“I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor — it is the gift of God” (Eccl. 3:12-13, NKJV).
God here is imparting to us a precious truth: enjoying both our labor and the simple things of life is God’s gift to us. One that we either choose to receive, or ignore. The enemy would like nothing more than to get us to leave the gift unopened on the shelf, gathering dust. He uses quite a few different ploys toward this end, but the end result is the same. If we let him, we end up letting days and weeks and sadly sometimes even years go by, without focusing on savoring the goodness of our blessings.
“So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.” (Eccl. 8:15, NKJV).
Of course, though the hand of Solomon moved the pen that put these words onto paper, Holy Spirit is speaking to us. Do you hear Him? “I commend enjoyment.”
Today, He is commending enjoyment to us. Recommending it. Highlighting it. Offering it. Strongly suggesting it. Handing us a steaming platter piled high with it.
Every day, He has this enjoyment, this satisfaction, this goodness stored up for us. He extends it to us and waits for us to receive it. It is the provision of His beautiful heart for the ones He loves. It doesn’t come from external factors like high salaries or praise and admiration from other people. It comes from within, from a heart full of gratitude to the One who loves us more than His own life.
Will you savor the gift of today?
What are some of those ploys the enemy uses to steal the satisfaction of each day’s goodness? What can we do in order to assure that we don’t let him?