Some world really enjoy their work. That Monday morning feeling, for them, is springing the end of bed and also bounding to work with joy and also zeal. Others however find work simply a drudge – miscellaneous they need to do to pay the bills. It's Monday but Friday's coming.
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After having faced sex, pleasure, food, entertainment and, as we witnessed last week, wisdom, Solomon now turns come this question of work-related (Ecclesiastes 2: 17-26). And it's clear the he's top top the next of the 'It's Monday but Friday's coming' people. 'So ns hated life, because the work that is excellent under the sunlight was grievous come me, every one of it is meaningless, a chasing after ~ the wind.'
He hates toil, the daily grind – one's everyday responsibilities. We execute all that work and what's the suggest of it? We can say that we are doing it because that our family, yet what if the person coming after us ruins all the good work we have actually done? A an excellent example that this to be Solomon's very own son Rehoboam, who damaged much of his father's occupational in structure up the kingdom. Here again wisdom and folly come into play – you deserve to work throughout your life v wisdom and also end up leaving it every to a fool! for this reason what is the allude of wisdom?
It is small wonder that his heart 'began come despair' (verse 20). Despite wisdom, knowledge and also skill over there is no escaping death and also there is no guaranteeing what comes after. So what does all this work and also toil achieve? Sweet nothing. Nothing other than pain and the sleepless nights led to by the disappointed of knowing that the is all pointless. Solomon shows that existential angst existed long prior to Sartre and Camus found it.
So numerous of us have the right to identify with the photo Solomon paints. You occupational hard, whether it's physical work or mental exertion, and also then in ~ night once you are supposed to it is in recharging her batteries you are so stressed you can not sleep. There is no escape from the everyday grind. In the indigenous of the good Swedish philosophers, Abba: 'I work-related all night, I work all job to pay the bills I have to pay – yet still there never seems to it is in a single penny left because that me. In my desires I have actually a setup – if I got me a rich man...'
Or as the Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland puts it: 'As the expression goes, we spend our youth attaining wealth, and also our wide range attaining youth.' we work difficult when we room young in stimulate to attain money to aid us look at young when we room old!
Solomon's description is, 'under the sun' (ie without Christ), a realistic, sober and honest assessment of life. Therefore let's eat, drink and also be merry, for tomorrow us die. Is the it? Is there really nothing much better and nothing an ext to life.?
In verses 24-26 over there is a change. God is brought into the equation. Together the Italian proverb states, 'He that leaves God the end of his reckoning does no know just how to count.' This is what happens as soon as we carry out so. The scriptures is not saying, forget all these things – it's not saying over there is no life 'under the sun' or that it does no matter. Rather it provides us with the bigger photo and talks about the life the faith.
Life is to be enjoyed. We room actually expected to gain the basic things in life – eat, drink and also enjoy our work. This is not the greed the the affluent fool – (build bigger and bigger barns because that retirement) nor the mundane, unreal and hopeless life the the unbeliever wherein as serious Becker observes, 'they tranquilize themselves with the trivial' come live 'normal' lives. The is no licentiousness no one cynicism – however contentment. The Christian learn to be content every little thing the circumstances.
And of course this can not take place without Christ. God offers wisdom, knowledge and also joy to the human who pleases him. The contrast with the person who does not acknowledge God and who does no take his life indigenous the hand of God is strong.
We are provided the selection of two worldviews, of 2 kinds that life.
On the one hand secular pessimism leader to a vicious circle of a meaningless world, temporary pleasures, fruitless work, futile wisdom, and inevitable death. Top top the other, life native the hand that God is, to borrow a phrase, life live to the max. This is the God who offers us all things richly come enjoy, the One who together with Christ, graciously gives us all points that we need. 'Blessed space the meek, because that they will certainly inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5). 'Sorrowful, yet constantly rejoicing; poor, however making numerous rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything' (2 Corinthians 6:10).
The comparison is seen in just how that functions out. Take the problem of sleep. The Christian can, like her lord in the storm, lay down their head and also rest. Ns love the story of Peter in prison (Acts 12:6). The night before Herod to be to lug him come trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries was standing guard at the entrance. Chained and also imprisoned, around to be carried to trial for his life, and he sleeps like a baby. 'He gives his lovely sleep' (Psalm 127:2).
As for work, if you room a Christian climate no matter just how mundane or difficult the task might be, you have actually the pleasure of understanding that the is done for the Lord.'Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing relocate you. Always give yourselves totally to the job-related of the Lord, due to the fact that you know that your work in the lord is not in vain' (1 Corinthians 15:58).
I met one owner that a pub restaurant who told me the a Christian dishwasher she employed – that as a young man on a minimum wage nevertheless functioned with such joy, honesty and vigour that she to be compelled to ask him why. He explained that he loved Jesus and did it because that him.
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Instead that hating our work and also hating life, the all world Christians room those who really deserve to live life to the max. And none of the is pointless or meaningless through Christ. That need to transform our job-related practices and environments this Monday morning! gain Christ. Obtain life.
David Robertson is combine Director that Solas CPC in Dundee and minister at St Peter's totally free Church. Monitor him ~ above Twitter