Obeying God’s Command to Be Glad and Enjoy Life

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

Heavenly Father, for many of us, the first several weeks of 2018 have been busy and depleting. Thank you for understanding our frailties and our need for refreshment. If you never commanded Sabbath rest, we probably wouldn’t take it. And if you never commended the enjoyment of life, we’d probably go to the extremes of either taking simple joys for granted, or worshiping pleasure altogether.

So, today we’re slowing down enough just to say thank you. Thank you for designing us for rest, pleasure and delight. Thank you for putting sensate responders and nerve endings in our bodies. Thank you for taste buds, and acoustic and optic wiring. Thank you for intending that joy would accompany us in our work, all the days you have given us under the sun… well before the Day of no more thorns or sweat.

Thank you for never-the-same sunsets and the aroma of cinnamon rolls baking. Thank you for the sound of waves hitting the seashore, and perfectly grilled Halibut. Thank you for blue skies breaking through the grey, and memory-connecting songs on the radio. Thank you for unrushed conversations, and spontaneous uncontrollable snort-producing laughter.

Thank you for the Olympics, college basketball, and museums of fine art. Thank you for naps, dark chocolate, and daffodils that bloom out of season. Above all, thank you that the gospel is absolutely true, incomparably beautiful, and inexhaustibly good.

Father, our ongoing work under the sun has meaning because of the finished work of your beloved Son, Jesus. Because of your outrageous love and sovereign power, we delight ourselves in you today and will enjoy you forever. Hallelujah, many times over. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ holy and loving name.

from Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalition http://ift.tt/2sCuAHp


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