THEME: BUSYNESS OUR BUSINESS
Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 WYC
“Again I cursed all my busyness, by which I travailed most studiously under [the] sun; and I shall have an heir after me, whom I know not, whether he shall be wise either a fool; and he shall be lord in my travails, for which I sweated greatly, and was busy; and is there anything so vain? (whom I know not, whether he shall be wise or a fool; but he shall be the lord of all my works, for which I was so busy, and greatly sweated over; is there anything so empty and futile as this?) Wherefore I ceased, and mine heart forsook for to travail further under [the] sun. (And so I ceased to study, and my heart did not desire to labour any more under the sun.) For why when another man travaileth in wisdom, and teaching, and busyness, he leaveth things gotten to an idle man; and therefore this is vanity, and great evil. (For though a person laboureth over something with wisdom, and knowledge, and diligence, he must leave all that he hath gotten to someone else, who did not labour over it; and so this is empty and futile, and a great evil.)”
-In the hustles and bustles of life we earn a living. Some among us toil hard in the busyness of our labor, and at times succeed and other times fail. Psalms 127:2 says that, “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat for he grants sleep to those he loves.” King Solomon associates labor to vanity possibly due to the fact that it originated from the curse of Adam. Adam and Eve in the beginning were at a position of rest until they went astray and labor was associated with pain, whether child labor or labor to earn a living. Hard-work is a part of life that can never be ignored. Proverbs 13:22 reminds us that, “a good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous”. It is prudent to leave an inheritance for your generations, even though king Solomon calls it vanity since when one passes on, he/she has no control of how the wealth will be spent. Proverbs 19:21 reveals that, “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”. We know that God’s will prevails over all and in all our business let us always remember to consult God.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Lord You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. You are the King over our lives. You are our Savior and our Father. We thank You for this far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. We thank You for Your goodness, care and love. Lord You grant sleep to those You love, may You always grant us sleep at the right time and rest in our labor for the glory and honor of Your name. May You bless the work of our hands and make us prosperous in all that we do. May You bless our economy and continue to shower us with Your peace and blessings. May You bless our children and our generations that they may fear You and follow Your statutes. May You give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding that we may consult You in every area of our lives. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen .
Further reading: Ecclesiastes 9:11-18