HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR WORK TODAY?
17 So I hated life, because the work which is done under the sun was intolerable to me, because everything is transient and a striving after wind. 18 I hated all my projects which I worked on under the sun, because I saw that I have to leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will turn out a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over everything for which I worked and used my wisdom under the sun. Even this will not last.
I hate this job
Normally, Solomon was not one of those who went to work every day grudgingly, always looking forward to the weekend. No, he was so driven that he could not wait to try the next project, to acquire the next resource. But as he got older, a funny thing happened. He came to that perspective that he states here in Ecclesiastes – the perspective that sees how transient all effort and all life is. He came to realize that he would not enjoy his legacy forever, because he would die, and it would go to someone else. He stopped dreaming of the next task and started having nightmares about everything crumbling to dust all around him.
Some days I am there. I have one of the best jobs on the planet, but some days I am tempted to pack up. Still, I think it is healthy to know how insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things. Without that perspective, pride can easily beset a person. And we all know where that leads.
LORD, thank you for the perspective on work that keeps us looking to you for ultimate fulfilment.