So often, I find myself saying I don’t have enough time. I am always striving to get just one more thing done. It is so easy to fall into the trap of being in a rut of surviving instead of thriving. That is when perspective comes in handy. We must stop and seek God and ask, “Why am I doing what I am doing? Who am I doing it for?”
As I was reading Ecclesiastes, a couple of verses stood out.
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:3 This verse reminds me of 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 when it talks about how we can have so much, but if we don’t have love, it is nothing. Once again, perspective comes into play. We must think, what are our motives?
God has a purpose for us. We are not just to be carried by the waves of time and survive each day. He wants more for us than that—several places in scripture talk about seeking wisdom and turning to God for direction in your life. I have clung to Jeremiah 29:11-13 for several years.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; when you seek me with all your heart.”
We must take an active part in searching for God in our daily lives. Yes, we may do the same thing day after day; however, just as Esther was where she was for a reason, so are we. We are where we are for such a time as this. God can and will use us in our daily lives; we must be willing participants and seek Him in everything we do.
Dear Lord, Ecclesiastes 2:26 states, “For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy.” Help us remember the message you gave us in Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Lord, when we live by this verse, everything has a purpose, for we are working for you and your purpose. Thank you, Lord, for loving us and providing your Word to guide us. In Jesus’s name, we pray, Amen.