USE THE NEW YEAR WISELY
24 There is something missing in a man who just eats and drinks and finds enjoyment in his work. This reality also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 because, apart from him who can eat or who can have pleasure? 26 Because to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is transient and a striving after wind.
confession of a workaholic
As this year comes to an end, it is quite appropriate that we find ourselves at this place in the scripture. This is Solomon’s confession. It is the confession of a workaholic. He looks back on a life of busy collecting. He collected stuff, and people, and projects and accomplishments. But he had missed out on the wisdom and knowledge and joy he could have had because he had not sought to please God first of all. So, he is struck by the impermanence of all his accomplishments.
Do not let this happen to you. Make the new year count. Do not simply try to build more, buy more, learn more, and enjoy more next year. Seek God’s dominion of your life in the coming year. Redirect your time. In the end, you will not regret it.
LORD, if you give us another year, give us the wisdom to spend it getting to know you better, and serving you more consistently.