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ENJOY LIFE

Date: May 26

Category: The Goodness of God

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10
"Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart [if you are righteous, wise, and in the hands of God], for God has already accepted your works. Let your garments be always white [with purity], and let your head not lack [the] oil [of gladness]. Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun – all the days of futility. For that is your portion in this life and in your work at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the place of the dead), where you are going."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThese verses teach us that we should enjoy life. Notice how we are to enjoy life. It says, "…eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart…" [verse 7a]. God made us to eat and drink. It was His purpose and desire anyway, so we might as well enjoy ourselves while we are doing it. Then it says in verse 8, "Let your garments be always white [with purity], and let your head not lack [the] oil [of gladness]." So we are to enjoy the nice clothes we have and the oil we put on our bodies.

Then verse 9 says, "Live joyfully with the wife whom you love…" So you've got to love your wife and enjoy her. It says in verse 9b that the wife God gives you is your reward for your earthly toil, meaning she is your reward for all the work that you do on the earth. So it's important that you enjoy your wife. For a husband to enjoy his wife, he has to understand her and show her love the way she understands it. He has to care for her, bring her flowers, be tender and gentle, speak uplifting words to her, and do what pleases her.

Not only should you enjoy what you eat and drink, what you wear, the nice oils you have, and your wife, but you should also enjoy every single day of your life. Appreciate and enjoy every moment you have on this earth. Determine every morning to do something beneficial. It could be something for you or for someone else. But consciously decide to do something positive everyday and you will begin to appreciate life more.

Why should you do everything with enjoyment? Well it says in verse 10b, "…for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the place of the dead), where you are going." When you die, your life on this earth finishes. You are only on this earth for a season, so you might as well enjoy it while you can. Enjoy your food, enjoy your drink, enjoy your clothes, enjoy your wife, and enjoy every day that God gives you on this earth. Don't take anything for granted, and use every opportunity as a way to improve your life here on earth. How you experience your life on earth completely depends on you. So enjoy it! This is a commandment from God.

God approves when you eat and drink, when you wear nice clothes and perfumes, when you enjoy your wife and when you enjoy every day of your life. God approves of all that. But whether or not you enjoy all of those things is entirely up to you. God didn't write this passage as a suggestion to His children. It's really a commandment. He's telling us to enjoy all the things that He has blessed us with. So obey His Word and enjoy life.

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