Cathy Hurtado

“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”  Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

God has me on a journey.  It started with a close friend mentioning the titles for some books that have to do with replenishing the soul.  Ever since then, as God often does in my life, He points everything to His appointed end, the replenishing of my soul.  Last week, in my Old Testament class, we looked at the book of Ecclesiastes.  This misunderstood book does not teach that we should just eat, drink and enjoy ourselves because life is meaningless.  On the other hand, it teaches that life apart from God, life is meaningless.

To this day, I can clearly remember sitting in my 12th grade Physics class thinking if all there is to life is graduating from high school so you can go to college, get a job, get married, have grandkids and die… is not worth it!  Life is too painful and hard.  Fortunately, a couple years later, at Berkeley, I was invited to a conference where God revealed His purpose to me from John 17:23 which says , “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.  That weekend, I discovered there was an overarching purpose for life and gave my life to Jesus Christ.  Over the years, God has continued to bring purpose to this life and with it joy, contentment, and satisfaction.

Whether you’ve walked with God only a few months or decades, we all face seasons where we have let our to-do lists, our inability to say ‘no’, our procrastination, our excuses, and our idols keep us from the most important key to life, being spiritually renewed daily.  I am not just talking about praying, although important, it is just us talking to God.  I am not just talking about reading our Bibles, because millions read their Bibles each day and there is no evidence of spiritual fruit.  It is bringing all of you to the presence of God and sitting with the Word and Spirit until you have connected with God, until His Word has come alive in your heart.

Today, accept your life as a gift from God.  Do whatever you need to do to get the time your soul needs to be replenished.  How do you know you’ve been replenished?  There is joy in your heart, you enjoy and find satisfaction in what God has called you to do, your focus is upward, and outward; not inward.

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days."  Psalm 90:14

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Steve wrote:
Great devotional!!

Mon, April 9, 2012 @ 5:20 AM

2. Ron Brown wrote:
As I move towards my middle sixties I often look back with the same dismay that Solomon expressed. Thank you for a new perspective I pray that I will be reminded daily that all is not vanity under sun, and that the Lord still has some work for me to do.

Tue, April 10, 2012 @ 4:43 AM

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