Daily Devotional for September 16, 2023
This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. Anyone who is among the living has hope — even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even the memory of them is forgotten.
Their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that Elohim favors what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that Elohim has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. Ecc 9:3-9
All men die. Death is a part of life. How will you be remembered? Will people think about the ways that you reached out to others? Will they comment on how much you will be missed because you are such a caring person? Will they miss spending idle moments with you because you such a pleasure to spend time with?
As long as you have life, you have an opportunity to shape the opinions that others have of you. None of this should be done to please others. Yahweh hates men pleasers. But He expects for us to live a life pleasing to Him. If pleasing Yahweh is at the core of all that you do, having a good name and reputation will follow. You have no opportunity to change once life has ended.
Take the time now to become the better person that Yahweh requires you to be. Do so before death knocks on your door.