Ecclesiastes 5:18 This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot. 19 Likewise all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the gift of God. 20 For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts.
I’ve spent much of my life wondering about the future. What’s coming next? Where is the next destination? How do I get there? I suppose you could say I was born something of a dreamer. In many respects the “dreamer” in me has been a gift, but not always. Lately I’ve realized how much I’ve missed over the years because I was too occupied with “tomorrow” to really appreciate “today”. I’m guessing some of you readers know what I’m talking about.
v.18b “it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us…”
Truth is, none of us knows how many days we have on this earth. We may have many days in front of us, but we may not. I was talking with a family yesterday whose adult son passed away in his sleep. There was no warning. He was in good health and then he died, just like that. They are still in some shock as you might expect.
There’s a trite saying that goes something like, “Live each day as if it were your last”. I think the writer of Ecclesiastes is offering a similar message. Life’s too short to spend it angry or bitter or lacking in joy. This day, today, is all we have for certain. Make the most of it.
Lord Jesus, teach us be fully present today – wherever we go, whatever we do, with whomever we meet. Amen.