Living to Please
For who can eat and who can enjoy life apart from Him? For to the man who is pleasing in His sight, He gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and accumulating in order to give to the one who is pleasing to God’s sight. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
None of us can enjoy life apart from God. The world is filled with desperate people who have tried and have been left wanting. Hollywood is filled with examples of self-destructive behavior and lavish lifestyles that have become futile. The only true joy to be found is in Christ.
If God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to the man who is pleasing in His sight, it seems reasonable that we should spend our days pleasing Him, instead of ourselves. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of people today spend their time trying to please themselves. To the sinner, God assigns the task of gathering and accumulating in order to give to the one who is pleasing in His sight. Faithful Christians should lay hold to this promise, and those who have wandered should take notice. The reasonable conclusion to this passage is that God lays up the wealth of the wicked for His church.
Determine to make your life pleasing to God. Live to serve Him. When you do, God will give you everything you need in life and more. He will even make the sinner gather and accumulate in order to give to you. God is pleased with a heart of humility toward Him. He promises to exalt the humble and humble those who exalt themselves. Who are you trying to please today? You will never truly enjoy life until and unless you are seeking to please God.
Have a blessed day!