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As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (1Ti 6:17)

God provides everything that brings joy! So why in the world are we so caught up in obtaining things to try and make us happy? Quit waiting to be happy sometime in the future - with that attitude, the future never comes because there's always one more thing you'll need to get. Material goods don't satisfy and if you think happiness is acquired there, you will always feel empty.

God provides happiness right now! Enjoy God's rich provision of joy ready for you to grab on to! Ask and you will receive. God loves to share!


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Enjoy Life!

God created a world with simple pleasures that were meant to be enjoyed. He is pleased when we are happy, but unfortunately, we often don't recognize these daily blessings for what they are and we become discontent and begin to search for things that we think will make us happy. All along, they were right there in front of us, un-noticed and taken for granted.
Solomon, after spending much time, cost, and energy into getting everything he thought would bring happiness, came to the conclusion that the simple, God-given blessings of work, family, and enjoying the fruits of our labor are what brings happiness to man. We are to recognize these are gifts from God and gratefully serve Him.
Several times in the book of Ecclesiates we are told to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and that God has giving these good things for us to enjoy. It must be important for us to recogzine these blessings since they are mentioned a number of times. 
To enjoy the simple blessings of life is from the hand of God: 
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? (Ecc 2:24-25)
To enjoy the simple blessings of life is God's gift to man: 
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man. (Ecc 3:12-13)
God has given man his lot to find enjoyment in simple blessings: 
Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.
(Ecc 5:18)

God has already approved us to enjoy food, drink, family, friends, and a festive attitude:
"Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun." (Ecc 9:7-9) 
Quit wasting time - enjoy the simple pleasures of life now while you can!
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going." (Ecc 9:10)

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May 2017