The God-Given Task

May 19, 2024    Daniel Englehart

This morning as we continue in our study through the book of Ecclesiastes we consider Ecclesiastes 3:9-15. The Preacher talks about the task that God has given humanity and the limitations that He has ordained and designed. In light of those limitations, the Preacher perceives that, "There is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil - this is God's gift to man" (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13). Our limitations contrast against the lasting and enduring work of God. God works so that people will be in awe of Him.

Instead of becoming embittered, the text teaches us to embrace our limitations and enjoy God in the midst of life under the sun. We recognize that God has given us these limitations and has gracious revealed His ultimate plan for creation in Jesus. This was the mystery, the thing that was hidden until the coming of Jesus. God made known to us the mystery of His will, to unite all things in Jesus. The work of God and the glory of God in the person and work of Jesus leads us to worship Him in awe, joy, and peace. We pray this brings enjoyment and not embitterment. It brings rest, not restlessness. The gospel cultivates humility, not haughtiness. Would God give us grace to enjoy Him, be joyful in Jesus, and seek to do good as long as we live.