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God Commands Us to Enjoy Life!

The quotes below reinforce the point of last Sunday’s message from Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 – “God commands us to enjoy life in this world, while we can, in a way that pleases Him.”

     “For it is precisely in enjoying the world God has made that we show we have grasped the goodness of the God we say we love. Failure to enjoy is an offense, not merely an oversight. When the child does not enjoy the gift the parent has lavished on him, it is an affront to the parent’s love as much as the child’s deliberately breaking the toy. No parent is glad that Buzz Lightyear sits pristinely in the box rather than being lovingly bashed and bumped in daily adventures. Real relationship involves seeing another person take pleasure in gifts given; delight is what we ask of others as we freely give to them.

     “Although the analogy is not identical, God is like this too. It is striking that in Deuteronomy 28:47 Moses tells the people of Israel that the curses of the covenant will befall them, because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things. Christian living collapses when it is not delighted with the bounty God gives.” – David Gibson

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17). – The Apostle Paul