14 There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.
15 So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.
(Ecclesiastes 8:14-15, New King James Version)
Does it ever seem to you as though everything is upside down? It seems as though that is just how Solomon felt when he penned Ecclesiastes 8:4. We have all had a similar experience; we see the righteous live with trial after trial while the wicked seem to go on with a life of ease. It just does not seem right, does it?
Solomon tells us, then, to eat, drink, and be merry; enjoy the life that God has given to us. This may sound a bit fatalistic, however I think there is more depth of meaning to this than may appear on the surface. As Christians, we must always remember that our life is God-given; it is not left up to chance. If God sends burdens and trials our way, He has more in mind than just our immediate comfort.
However, we are not to live in fear of the things that may come into our lives. When God allows adversity to come into our lives, it is measured. He grants us His grace so that we are never given more than we can bear.
In thinking of this, we can understand a little better why Solomon suggests we eat, drink, and be merry. Yes, difficulties come, but oh how great is the love and mercy of God that allows us to have peace and joy in the middle of our troubles.
Does life seem to be turned upside down? Remember, it is upside down only from our perspective. Life is secure in our faithful Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
God Bless You,