“This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”
-Despite one’s busy schedules, king Solomon writes that it is good and appropriate to eat, drink and find satisfaction in our labor. If then God blesses one with riches and wealth, and additionally gives him/her the ability to enjoy it, this is pleasurable and a gift from the Almighty. Moreover, if God enriches one’s heart with gladness, this is a reason to rejoice in the Him for His goodness and mercy. In the story of the rich young ruler who presumably lived this kind of life, Jesus examined his conduct with reference to the law of love. Since he kept the law, Jesus told him that if he wanted to be perfect and inherit His kingdom, he would have to sell his possessions and give it to the poor. Through this story, Jesus disclosed that it is more important to store up ones treasures in heaven and the man was sorrowful for he had great possessions (Mat 19:16-22). The story of Lazarus and the rich man also reveals these truths (Luke 16:19-31). To partake in the kingdom of God, it is therefore necessary to do good to others and be mindful of the needy in our society for this opens the door to eternal life.
Lord You make known to us the path of life. You fill our hearts with joy in Your presence. With eternal pleasures from Your right hand You clothe us with gladness. Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest. You have given us the ability and strength to eat and drink; Hosanna in the highest. You have clothed us with the riches of Your glory; Hosanna in the highest. You have blessed the work of our hands and broaden our paths; Hosanna in the highest. Jesus take preeminence in our lives and help us to store our treasure in heaven where there is no moth, rust or thieves; Hosanna in the highest. Father thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ who came to redeem the world; Hosanna in the highest. Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread & forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power & the glory; forever & ever. Amen
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