Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 2, 2017

“God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes 5:8-20.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+5&version=NASB

I quote only the following Scriptures.

“13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun:  riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.  14 When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.  15 As he had come naked from his mother’s womb, so will he return as he came.  He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.  16 This also is a grievous evil—exactly as a man is born, thus will he die.  So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?  17 Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger.

18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting:  to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him;  for this is his reward.  19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor;  this is the gift of God.  20 For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.”  Ecclesiastes 5:13-20.

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“This also is a grievous evil—exactly as a man is born, thus will he die.  So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?  Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger.”  Verses 16-17.

But, there is hope!

God blesses His beloved, those who fear him, those who trust in Him.

“…  God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.”  Verse 20.

“It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”  Psalm 127:2.

“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
Within your house,
Your children like olive plants
Around your table.
4 Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.”  Psalm 128:1-4.

“11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”  Psalm 84:11-12.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace …”  Galatians 5:22.

“… But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 32:10-11.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  Psalm 103:1-5.

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