Thoughts From Ecclesiastes

In our Sunday night Bible study Pastor Jon asked a question which has camped out in the back of my mind all week. He asked “What do you believe is the work God gave you to do on the earth?”

I should pause here to tell you we’re studying Ecclesiastes. Um, yeah. It’s one of the books I’ve always kind of skimmed over. Mostly because it brings me down and I don’t really get it.

Back to the question. The verse on which this question was based is Ecclesiastes 3:10. It makes a difference which translation you use:

The Message: I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do-busywork mostly.

New King James: I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.

I get two very different pictures of this verse from these two translations. Most of the time my day job feels like busy work, like a way to pay the mortgage and buy groceries. It doesn’t feel God inspired at all.

But sometimes when I’m writing it feels like the second translation, like it’s a God-given task.

Maybe I’ve just stumbled on my answer.


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