I love to work, help people, and especially to build things of value that will endure over time. Isn’t it neat to see something created that will outlast you? Solomon pondered that idea and found a problem. He realized that all he had built in wisdom could likely go to a foolish person and no one would remember him. This is a condition of life. What we build may be torn down by someone else. Our earthly legacy can vanish in a moment. Oh, but Solomon (perhaps without even realizing it) also asked the rhetorical question: Who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him (God)? None of us for very long… because earthly pleasure and endeavors will not ultimately satisfy. We have eternity in our hearts.
Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity. Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? Ecclesiastes 2:18-20, 25
How much of what I do counts for eternity because I do it for the glory of God?
God, as this day begins- I am reminded that the things I do and the motivation from which I do them, matters. May I work to build the kingdom of God today. Please use me to reach out and love someone in Your name. And Lord Jesus, I do anticipate that new grandson coming into the world. Would you grant my daughter Eden a delivery without undue pain. We can’t wait to see her as a mother, shining for You.