“Your life in mine. Your thoughts, Your ways, Your mystery. Too deep for words, my spirit burns to worship You. There is nothing that my soul desires than more of You.
Take my heart, take my soul, take my mind, and I will give my thoughts, give my all, give my life to follow You. Take my hands, take my breath, take my dreams, and I will lift my eyes, lift my faith, lift my voice and worship You.
My God, my closest friend, I need Your love more than my lungs need oxygen.”
I was listening to this song called Life by Hillsong and I just felt God’s life flowing through me as I absorbed the music and beautiful lyrics. I felt the Lord tell me to share about His life. I know He wanted me to write about His life and that He gives us when we give Him our life. I started journaling and I am going to share with y’all what I wrote/prayed in my journal and what the Lord put on my heart to share with you!
What a wonderful Name it is, the Name of Jesus. Thank you Jesus for Your life, the life You pour out in us when we open our hearts to You. Fill me up with Your LIFE, Your peace, Your joy, Your hope, Your strength. We can’t get those things from ourselves or others. I pray that the life you put in me can be seen by others, that they can see Your life in me, not for my own glory, but for Your glory and for them to see you, Jesus. We need Your life in ours to see our purpose that You have planned for us. Our eternal purpose. “His life is flowing through my veins.” I love what that represents. Jesus You are flowing through every part of my body. Every part of my life. My dreams, my desires, my thoughts, etc, because I let You. I give You every part of me.
I have been reading through the book of Ecclesiastes and I finished it the other day! So much truth and good Word in that book. Solomon explains how everything in life is meaningless. Riches are meaningless. Pleasures are meaningless. Wisdom is meaningless. Knowledge is meaningless. All of our activities and efforts are meaningless when carried out apart from God’s intent and purposes. Wow. There are so many people of the world today searching for life in these things. They think that riches, wisdom, or pleasures will give them happiness or finally get them to that spot in life. People don’t realize that this joy and gift to enjoy life comes from Jesus. We receive that gift to enjoy life, “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil- this is the gift of God,” when we enter the right relationship with Jesus and submit ourselves to his leadership. It is a beautiful thing to see Jesus work in our hearts and let Him plan out our life. We are not created to live this life alone, we need Jesus in our hearts.
Solomon was a very wise man, more wise than any of those who ruled over Jerusalem.
In Ecclesiastes 2:4-9, Solomon says, “I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well- the delights of the heart of man. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me.” He says he denied himself nothing his eyes desired.
Solomon was a man who had everything a man could possess, physically and mentally, but he realized that everything was meaningless because it never gave him the satisfaction and joy he desired and thought it would. He was empty and unfulfilled after having everything he could of wanted. He emphasizes over and over in Ecclesiastes the uselessness and senselessness of basing our life’s values on earthly possessions and personal ambition. Solomon explains all these things as a “chasing after the wind.” They will never satisfy or fill up your heart with happiness and true joy, only Jesus can do that. Those things will fade away in the end, and all that matters is Jesus. Solomon learned that humans need more than just their own wisdom, we need God’s wisdom in our life. Without Jesus in our life, we lose/ don’t have the eternal perspective. Ecclesiastes is kind of like a reality check for those who have lost the eternal perspective and are focusing on “things under the sun.”
Chapter 5:18- “Then I realized that it it good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him-for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work- this is a gift from God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” Solomon isn’t saying that if we possess the things that he possessed then we are evil, he is simply saying that they are meaningless if they are not tied together with God’s purpose and intent for our lives. God blesses us with gifts in our life and of course we are allowed to enjoy them, giving God the glory and blessing others with what the Lord has given us. Solomon expresses a firsthand account of difficult life lessons and regrets. Solomon tells us in chapter 11, “Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.” Live while you are young and able, but do not be careless and foolish and forget the Lord. Remember your Creator and be committed to Him, honor Him. keep His commandments and fulfill His purpose for your life. This is the only path that will bring you true meaning, joy, and fulfillment in life. Thank you Jesus for your LIFE.