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Rev. E. Anderson
HAND IT OVER

“To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness” – Ecclesiastes 2:26

Solomon says there are two conclusions at the end of life, after we have done everything we are ever going to do. The first conclusion results from doing all of those things without God. But to live life without God, he says, leads to emptiness and lack of meaning in life.

The second possible conclusion is that we allow God to permeate all the different parts of our lives. When we do that, He gives us happiness, joy, meaning, and fulfilment. But then Solomon articulates another truth: People who reject God end up losing their possessions-—all the things they’ve worked so hard to accumulate and accomplish—-to one who pleases God. In Ecclesiastes 2:26, Solomon says, “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.”

Solomon, in characteristic fashion, expresses our thoughts exactly: Such an end to all our effort would really be depressing. Who Wants to work hard and have the fruit of our labours end up in someone else’s hands? Who wants to expend all that effort and then gain none of the pleasure—and, on top of that, end up with none of the possessions or wealth? Obviously, no one. But Solomon says that’s what those who reject God can expect in the end.

Do you Want to be the one who hands it over—or the one to Whom it’s handed?

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