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I recently found myself near-suffocated by the sheer doom and gloom of the world, at work I’m constantly inundated by news of war, death, and the uncertain political climate. 

As well as our own mounting pressures, you only have to switch on the TV to see more fears that could affect our lives and a few weeks ago it all weighed heavy on my spirit. 

Although I know better than to dwell on these issues because God is greater and in control, I was reminded to shift my focus from all things under the sun. 

When I was seeking God, I was led to the book of Ecclesiastes, which simplified life for me. Life on earth is way too unpredictable to control or worry about. Instead, we should try to enjoy the simple pleasures of life within the good and the bad because life and time are rich gifts from God.

Ecclesiastes 8:15

‘So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.’

Instead of harbouring feelings of fear and anxiety, we’re called to cast our worries and cares on him [1 Peter 5: 7]. Even though we can’t always make sense of it, life has meaning and one day God will clear the hevel and bring his justice, so we should fear the Lord and keep his commandments.

Ecclesiastes 12: 13

‘Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.’ 

Ecclesiastes 12:14

‘For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.’ 

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