Christ Provision is Enough
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Ecclesiastes 6:9 (KJV)
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
As some sense it, “Better it is to overlook dainty dishes than to overcharge the stomach with them; to fill the eyes than the belly; to gratify that than to pamper this: though that is a vanity too in the issue, and may prove a vexation of spirit – may breed inward inquietation; the best that can come of it is repentance and self-revenge.”
The third and last proof, contained in this and the two preceding verses, is taken from the insatiableness of men’s’ wishes, whereby they are made miserable even when they get the utmost of what they can reasonably wish for. It is a vain and foolish thing to give a loose to your desires, instead of being satisfied with what you at present enjoy; since, whatever you may wish for, it is impossible for you personally to enjoy more than what your constitution will bear; and that is very little, properly speaking, beyond the necessaries of life, which are enjoyed by every man upon earth, whether his wishes be extensive or not.
By “the sight of the eyes” is not meant the bare beholding outward riches, as in Ecclesiastes 5:11; but the enjoyment of present mercies; such things as a man is in the possession of, and with which he should be content, Hebrews 13:5; and by “the wandering of the desire”, the craving appetite and insatiable lust of the covetous mind, which enlarges its desire as hell, after a thousand things, and everything it can think of; such a mind roves through the whole creation, and covets everything under the sun: now it is better to enjoy contentedly things in sight and in possession, than to let the mind loose in vague desires, after things that may never be come at, and, if attained to, would give no satisfaction.
We must realize that constantly longing for more is futile. Far too many of us spend too much time daydreaming for what we consider to be the ideal situation, instead of realizing the true wealth and enjoyment which is right before our eyes. Too many of us are living in the earthly future, rather than the present. We may think that something in the earthly future (marriage, children, career, home, vacation home, new car, retirement, vacation, etc…) will bring the happiness that we are so desperately trying to find. Instead of thinking, “I can’t wait until…..”, why don’t we say, “Today is going to be a great day, everything that this life can offer me can be found today, can be found right now”. It is better to make the best of what we have before our eyes, however small and humble it seem than to wander into the clouds with our desires (Luke 12:29). Let us be thankful to God for what He has given us and blessed us with and serve Him faithfully while we wait on Him
Have a Great and God filled Day!