READ : Ecclesiastes 2:24–26
For apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? (v. 25)
Gratitude is a powerful emotion that creates bonds between people. For example, there are many stories where someone has been saved from harm or death as another person stepped in to rescue them. The rescued is grateful for the rescuer. A deep connection is formed. Husbands and wives who are grateful for each other’s love have a strong relationship beyond the daily ups and downs. Grateful children honor their parents for birthing them and providing for them.
Solomon expressed his gratitude for God’s provision over his life. As he is wondering whether work and its achievements are worthwhile, he seems to pause in his cynicism long enough to thank God for his “daily bread” (Matt. 6:11).
From the very beginning of time, God has blessed mankind with more than enough to live well. He said to Adam and Eve, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden” (Gen. 2:16). And Genesis 1:28–31 describes how the Creator blessed mankind with dominion over the whole earth. All was at the first couple’s disposal because God desired to bless his children.
When we consider the many ways we enjoy life today, let’s be mindful that each advantage has come from God’s hand of blessing. Let us respond as the grateful children of a loving, sacrificial God, who was willing to give up his Son that we “may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
We are grateful, Lord, for your blessing of eternal life. Amen.