Rejoice and Do Good: Notes on Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 (Excerpt)

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Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God.

While discussing the seasons of life and the futility of our pursuits under the sun, Solomon reminds us again of the fact that our blessings come from God (cf. 2:24). Understanding both the futility of life and the fact that what we have comes from God, it is good for us to do two things: enjoy the blessings which God has given and do good with those things with which we have been blessed. If we cannot see “good in all [our] labor” – by enjoying God’s blessings and helping others – then the futility of work under the sun will eventually result in depression and apathy, leading to a cessation of work. Nowhere does Solomon teach we should give up and do nothing. We must recognize the good and the limitations of the things of this life, while seeking for that which is eternal.

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