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December 20, 1995

Solomon’s Equation

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A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. ECCLESIASTES 2:24
The bottom line, according to Solomon, is that God wants us to enjoy our lives and our work. He wants us to do it right now, not at some time in the distant future. This is present tense, not future.
Finally, there is some light at the end of the tunnel in all of Solomon’s talk. He gives us the key that unlocks the door to happiness and meaning, the secret to life: It is impossible to enjoy our lives and our work without God. Why? Because the enjoyment of life and work is separate from life and work itself. You can have one without the other.
It’s possible to have a life full of work and a life lacking enjoyment of that work. Most people don’t understand that secret. They have one part of the equation, which is work or pleasure or laughter or wine or wisdom or knowledge or possessions. They may have these things together or separately, but they are missing the second half of the equation, which is God’s gift of enjoyment of those things.
In other words, if you have a relationship with God and bring Him into all the different areas of your life, then you will live a life of joy, meaning, and fulfillment. Do you believe Solomon’s equation? It took Solomon himself a long time to believe it, but in the end, he found it to be true.

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