9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
(Ecclesiastes 3:9-13, New King James Version)
Our Bible passage today from Ecclesiastes 3 begins with a question. What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I do not know about you, but that is a question I often ask, especially when I am doing the laundry or cleaning the house. It is a job that never ends--when I finish I need to start all over again.
God has made everything beautiful in its time. Does that mean even the dishes and the laundry? Yes, the dishes, the laundry, the office job, the factory, etc. In other words, labor is not only God-given, but it is also beautiful, as it all brings glory to God, even if we cannot see much purpose in what we do.
Why is this true? God has put eternity in our hearts; though we may not know the work that God does, we yearn to be with Him. We see through a glass darkly today; we can discover the sweet beauty of fellowship with Him, but in eternity we will see Him face to face, and know Him as He is known.
Even though it may seem as though our daily work has no real purpose in this life, it does bring glory to God. As such, we should find peace and contentment in it, and enjoy the fruits of our labor, not only because it is God-given, but, even more, it is a gift given to us by God.
Enjoy your gifts from God today, for He has made everything beautiful in its time!
God Bless You,