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CHASING AFTER THE WIND - OR LABORING AS UNTO THE LORD?

Today is the start of the Labor Day weekend, ending with the holiday that was established to honor workers and the contributions they’ve made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of our country.

The One Year Bible reading for today in Ecclesiastes 1–3 is appropriate at the start of the Labor Day weekend. Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, and his incredible wealth and power seemingly could provide anything he wanted. Nevertheless he declared that “Everything is meaningless!” People rise, work, eat and sleep, and the next day they do it all over again. The cycles of nature repeat over and over. Even mankind’s poor choices and mistakes are repeated generation after generation. Wisdom, pleasure and toil are all, in the end, “a chasing after the wind.”

Is there any hope for meaning and purpose in life? Solomon says there is, in 2:24–26:

A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness…

If we go through our daily routine just focusing on the routine itself—the various tasks that lie before us—it can certainly become “a chasing after the wind.” But doing things “as unto the Lord” (Col. 3:23), brings meaning and purpose. The apostle Paul exhorts us in 1 Cor. 10:31,

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Rather than “chasing after the wind,” let’s labor “as unto the Lord.” The Westminster Shorter Catechism provides a great summary of what a meaningful, purposeful life is all about: “The chief and of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”

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A HEALTHY FAITH WALK

Today's OT reading brings us to the end of Job. There are two things to point out in this passage that are vital to maintaining a healthy faith walk as Christians:

 

(1) Did you notice that Job never gets the answer to "why" that he was searching for? Instead, he is asked a series of leading questions pointing to "who" God is: the Creator of all things (38:4-11) who continues to work through creation (38:12-38) with an immense concern for life (38:39-39:30), justice (40:8-14), and the power to control the powerful (40:15-41:34). I think this is important to remember when we go through trials that don't seem to make sense. Like Job, we can admit that we don't know everything -- and trust in God's character -- when our life goes off the rails.

 

(2) God's response to Job's "friends" is also interesting. They've said some very hurtful things to Job, and misrepresented God's intent in this ordeal (42:7). But God doesn't zap them, nor does he ignore the hurt that they've caused (which would have probably meant Job severing his relationship with them). No, the healthy walk of faith being modeled here involves reconciliation and restoration of their relationships. THIS is when Job receives his blessings from God (42:9-10). And that's a great lesson for us to learn as well.

 

 

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