Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Words of Encouragement

What if you could eat all the delicious deserts you like, and never have to worry about doing an extra hour on the treadmill or stepper? Oh, that would be great. However, it is wonderful that we can feast on the delicacies of the Spirit of God and the "weight" we gain is a good thing. (picture by James S. Williams)

for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. - Ecclesiastes 2:25-26

Happiness in Jesus. Happiness Comes From Pleasing God. The question asked, is who can find enjoyment or even eat without God. It is asking us to really examine how we are able to live.

The wicked gather and try to gain wealth but it is meaningless because it is like chasing the wind which you can never catch. That is what happens to the unsaved, all that they run after for happiness turns out to be like wind slipping through their hands, it will not bring true happiness. The unsaved have fallen prey to the belief that they can find happiness in things, positions, possessions and relationships. However, it is like the wind, they never catch it.

However, the one that pleases God, not only gains happiness but wisdom, knowledge and God's provision for what they need. The saved have a tangible gift of joy, it does not slip through the fingers like the fleeting happiness of the unsaved.

Today, Lord help us to seek our happiness in you. When we seek to please you we find true happiness. Anything else we pursue will only take us down dark rodes and we gain nothing. Thank you for giving us that which is real and that will sustain us.