Working hard ... for what?

Posted by Elaine February 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM AEDT

Here are Bible verses from Ecclesiastes:

So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.

So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?
All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
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A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 NIV

When life caves in you do not need reasons you need comfort
You do not need some answers: you need someone

And Jesus does not come to us with an explanation: He comes to us with His presence.

But God does not reveal His plan, He reveals Himself. He comes to us as warmth when we are cold, fellowship when we are alone, strength when we are weak, peace when we are troubled, courage when we are afraid, songs when we are sad and bread when we are hungry.

He is with us on our journeys, He is there when we are home. He sits with us at our table.

He knows about funerals and weddings and commencements and hospitals and jails and unemployment and labour and laughter and rest and tears.

He knows because He is with us. He comes to us again and again.

From Bob Benson in the Men’s NIV Study Bible
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