“All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied.” Ecclesiastes 6:7
One of God’s greatest blessings we consider in our lives is to be employed and earn for our bread. For most of us, getting a job is certainly realised as God’s gift and we pray about doing our duties well, getting recognitions, promotions, hikes and so on. When God blesses us with all these, we are left with very little time or no time to pray and converse with God. I’ve often felt ashamed of myself and wonder how “I prayed for work and when God gave it, praying itself has become a work”! The verse that we are meditating upon for this month very clearly describes this state most of us are in, due to the mechanical lifestyle. The labour is only for the mouth – be it for everyday’s hunger or a once in a while relaxed outing with friends or family. Oftentimes we fail to realise that one day all these things will pass away and our life will end (Ecclesiastes 6:12). We are warned over and over again in the Bible to preserve and satisfy the soul. This is what our loving Shepherd does to us as well. He restores our dying soul that is not satisfied by all our labour, for His name’s sake (Psalm 23:3) because He does not want to allow our soul to suffer (Psalm 16:10). Why should we save our souls? The Bible says even if we gain the whole world, and lose our soul it is of no value. Nothing can be given in exchange for our soul (Matthew 16:26). How can we save our souls? The soul is satisfied only when we start loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul and mind. We need to lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save our souls (James 1:21). We need to spend more time reading the Bible, the Living Word. What should we do with our saved souls? We may win many laurels with our labour. It may appear that our wisdom and talent has given us the incentives, appreciations and recognitions. But we become wise only if we win souls. We are called with a huge responsibility of satisfying other souls beside ours. We need to start working on it. (Proverbs 10:30) As we begin this month may we take time to meditate on the above three points and give importance to spending more time with God than our labour for the mouth?