What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of men to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3: 9-11


Solomon’s question is one that many people face on a regular basis, sometimes a daily one. There is no question that our work is often frustrating and too much of it seems to be without sufficient reward. This is particularly true when that return to us is held up and measured against what we believe that engaging in the work is costing us. Dissatisfaction with work is almost universal, and it is one of the most commonly cited reasons for the stress that people deal with in their regular or daily lives. Of course, we can look back to Genesis and realize that we have Adam and Eve to blame for this aspect of reality, but God has also granted to us the gift of His Son and of the Spirit, and God’s outpouring of grace in and through Christ should work to change all aspects of living in this world for those of us who know our Savior.


So herein lies one of those deeper frustrations for us. God has imparted to us a desire to know more of Him and to understand things from the perspective of the eternal. Yet, we are bound up in these human bodies and dwell within the confines of the very limited vistas of our earthly home. These limitations often make grasping His will for our lives difficult, and they distort the value and the worth of what we do during the course of our daily lives. We want to know more than we do, and we think that we comprehending less than we could. The answer to this frustrating tension for followers of Christ lies in seeking after the correct form of knowledge and understanding. Instead of striving to more fully grasp this world and to control our earthly environment, we could be devoting ourselves to seeking to know God, and to entering into deep listening to His wisdom, insight, and truth for each of our lives.


We were each made by the hand of God, and this world where we live and the universe that surrounds it were also crafted by His Creator’s touch. The Lord reigns over all of His Creation, and He has given Christ to this world so that holy redemption is possible within the framework of life and of living out our earthly days. In knowing God by meditating on His Word and listening intently to His voice in response to our quiet contemplation, we enter into the peace and the satisfaction that come as we focus our energy and our efforts onto what matters most to our Lord. He will show us His purpose for what we do, and He brings out the beauty that His hands placed within us so that its grace and love can touch and bless the world that we encounter during the course of our days. So, in seeking out God’s face and knowing His will, our desire to understand and to grasp eternity is not diminished, but our ability to be at rest and to find satisfaction in what we are currently doing is greatly increased.