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    Life works in seasons. Solomon paints a poetic picture here of how fast life moves and how complex it can be; it can often feel like we’re chasing the wind! Sometimes we can be so focussed on the past or future that we miss the present. Solomon helps us to see the opportunities that God affords each one of us whatever season we are in.

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    Frustration

    We can often echo the frustration of verse 9, ‘What does the worker gain from his toil?’ Solomon points out that eternity is set in our hearts and our grave sits like a roadblock in the path of this desire; and it’s frustrating! We want to know what God is doing but Solomon reminds us that, ‘We cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end’. Without God in the picture, the frustrations of life can be overwhelming.

    Trust

    Trusting God’s promises is a daily, practical reality in this fight against frustration. God is good; He is in charge and works all things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.

    God can see from beginning to end… and He says it is beautiful. For now we can only see this partially but there will be a day when we see the whole picture and understand the beauty from beginning to end. We’ll see that God made everything beautiful in His time.

    Paul in 1 Cor 13:12

    “Now we see but a poor reflection in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

    Eat and drink

    We need to grab the opportunities God gives us for happiness and doing good. Solomon even writes, ‘Make time to eat and drink to find satisfaction in your toil’. We need to sleep as one who’s God is on the throne; knowing nothing can be added or removed from what He has planned. Your Father knows you; He loves you and has mapped out the seasons of your life. Every season has opportunities for joy… even the tough ones.

    Understanding God’s good plan for us leads us to worship. Knowing that God holds everything from beginning to end brings us to a place of reverence and awe. Trusting in his beautiful master-plan for our lives is a place of peace and a place of worship.

    Some Questions:

    1.    How would you describe the life season you are in now? How are you finding that season?
    2.    Is there a difficult season you have gone through that you still feel affected by in some way?
    3.    Do you worry about the future?
    4.    What are the opportunities for happiness that God has given you for today?
    5.    How are you going to put into practice the point about eating and drinking together?

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