From Dust to Dust

The three sons of a lawyer, a doctor, and a minister, respectively, were talking about how much money their fathers made. The lawyer’s son said, “My father goes into court on a case and often comes home with as much as fifteen thousand dollars.” The doctor&rsquo … More

Comparison

Everything that God makes or that happens is the gift of God (vv. 9-13). In a world controlled by God and not by man there is nothing better for us to do than to enjoy the things that are present and leave the future to God. This concept is the key to real happiness in our homes, in our employment and in everything that we do.

The next section of this chapter (vv. 14-15) considers the control of time. God is in control.  Everything God does will endure forever. It is sort of like the local banker calling you up some morning and saying that someone has deposited $l,000 in your account. The person who gave it is anonymous and the only stipulation is that you have to spend all of it that day. You don’t see that as a problem so you head down to the bank, get the money and head out for a shopping spree.

The next morning you get another call from the same banker with the same message. Again, you don’t see that as a problem. However, this continues to happen day after day and week after week.  By now you are wondering how long this is going to continue. The only stipulation is that if it is not spent by the end of each day the money goes back to the donor.

This will probably never happen to you in terms of money but it does happen to you every day in terms of time. If you sleep seven and one-half hours per night you have approximately l,000 minutes each day to spend and you can only spend them that day.

Application

When I compare the things I have to enjoy in this life time is the most precious possession I have. I must keep in mind that only what is done for God will last.    

Ecclesiastes 3:9-22 (English Standard Version)

What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

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