Day 16

Enjoy Life Despite Death

from the Ecclesiastes reading plan

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18, Psalm 16:11, James 1:17

BY Guest Writer

A day will come for all of us when we are separated from the ones we love most. This is heartbreaking. It was never meant to be this way. Death was not a part of the design specs of the garden of Eden, and this is why death affects us so deeply; our minds and hearts were not engineered to handle the effects of death. But God has wisdom for us, and through Solomon, has given counsel for navigating “the vapor” that is life under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:2–4).

King Solomon tells us to enjoy life while we’re living it. Plain, simple, to the point. We are to look at what God has given us—the blessings we acknowledge and everything we take for granted—and maximize our joy in those gifts from Him. We are to leverage them to care for His Church, and in the process, He makes us more aware of what we’ve been given: “The righteous, the wise, and their works are in God’s hands” (Ecclesiastes 9:1). Solomon tells us to savor our meals, to tell stories and clank our glasses with friends, looking into the eyes of our fellow image-bearers. Why? Because it won’t always be like this. These moments are fleeting, so grab them now.

Wisdom in this life involves more than just fighting sin; wisdom also means fully living the life God has given us. Because of Jesus’s death and rising, we realize it’s not unspiritual to enjoy life—it’s actually biblical—for the glory of God and for our good. Jesus defeating death shows us that God doesn’t ignore the beauties of physical human life; He redeems them. Therefore, we ought to enjoy them and give thanks for them in the moment, which is an act of those who are fully alive, “for the living know that they will die” (Ecclesiastes 9:5).

This does not mean that we can shirk our responsibilities in pursuit of our own personal pleasure and comfort—that’s worldliness. Disciples of Christ discover joy in the ordinariness of life. Today, resolve to be present and relish in what you have been given from God, enjoying and acknowledging “every good and perfect gift” from “the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” despite our circumstances (James 1:17).

Whatever you do in this life, do it all the way. Whatever it is that you’ve been called to do for work, family, church—do it with all your strength (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Life’s too fleeting for half-measures and good intentions. Both are ultimately empty acts, and Jesus came so that each of us “may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10). Love and live fully, laugh until you cry, embrace those around you. Enjoy life today, remembering that it is a vapor, but that in our God’s presence are abundant joys and eternal pleasures (Psalm 16:11).

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56 thoughts on "Enjoy Life Despite Death"

  1. Holly Krylo says:

    Wow. Such a food reminder.

  2. Catherine Dodgson says:

    A good word. Lately my motto has been “carpe diem” because yes, we’re not promised tomorrow. Each day is a gift. This year has been flying back with all that’s been going on, and I look back to last year and wonder in a personal level what I’ve accomplished. It’s the little moments the count and the big ones will follow.

  3. Beth says:

    and hugs and prayers, Kristy

  4. Kristy says:

    This is the biggest challenge of my present life… living with grief and trying to find hope and joy. My beautiful 1st born child, Jacob, died with no warning or goodbye, of an accidental overdose.
    One normal average day, of work and praying for him and normal things – until a phone call that I still can’t fully replay in my mind – 22 months ago, and my 22 year old son was gone.
    Truly living, instead of existing/distracting/breathing to get me from one moment to the next is eluding me…

    The grief and the ache is overwhelming…

    1. Lauren Mills says:

      I can’t even imagine the pain you must be feeling! I’m so sorry!!! I’ll be praying for you!❤️

    2. Amy Rogers says:

      I am so sorry for you, Kristy, and the loss of your son. No words of mine can comfort, but His words, His truth and His promises can. Lean into Him, dear one, and know many will be lifting you up in prayer thru your willingness to share your grief and pain.

    3. Ms Amy* says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you, Kristy.

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