And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind. Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud—frustrated, discouraged, and angry.
Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past.
-Ecclesiastes 5:17-20 New Living Translation
Sometimes, as a child of God, I feel that I can’t enjoy the work that I do for God. I feel like that I have to be serious because I am doing “God’s work.” When I have a choice to make and I’m trying to determine which is God’s will, my thinking sometimes is that the one that I would enjoy or want the most is most likely not God’s will. Now, don’t get me wrong, my brain does not always work this way. Sometimes I have lots of fun doing what I know is God’s will. But other times I feel like I can’t enjoy the more fun of my options because then I would be selfishly choosing and not following God’s will.
This set of verses seem to be saying the exact opposite. God wants me to enjoy what I do, because God loves me. As long as the wealth is coming from God, I can enjoy it. That means I don’t have to feel guilty because I am blessed while others are suffering. That does not mean I keep all of my blessings for myself. No, there are other passages in the Bible that talk specifically about helping one another in our times of need. I am blessed, so I can enjoy the blessings and bless others.
Ultimately, God wants me to enjoy the life that he has given me and to enjoy the blessings. Didn’t he say “I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Yep, in Jeremiah 29:11 he said that to the captives in Babylon, but I believe it still holds true for me today. God knows what is best for me and he wants me to be happy following his perfect plan.