Paradoxes of the Rich man, poor man…
The Preacher of Ecclesiastes was rich.
The preacher to the Corinthians was poor.
The rich man cries vanity (vanity means all for nothing; striving after the wind; pointless) in all the pleasures and wisdom he had. (Eccl 1-2).
The poor man asked to be treated as a fool boasting of weaknesses and sufferings he had (2 Cor 16:11-33).
Why vanity? Because whether rich or poor, wise or fool, all die and will be forgotten, what u worked for you leave to someone else who did not work for it (Eccl 2:16,18).
Why boasts of sufferings and weaknesses? All for the cause of the gospel; concern for the church and sinners. (2 Cor 16:28-29).
The God of both the rich man and the poor man…
The rich man said God gives. God gives man a grievous task (Eccl 1:13). To eat, drink and find good and enjoyment in his labor is good because this is also God-given (Eccl 2:24-25).
The poor man said God sees. God sees his sufferings and hardships. “If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.” (2 Cor 16:30-31).
In richness and in poverty, know that everything is from God. Neither be too addicted to pleasures nor too desperate in poverty because both are temporal. Same fate meets us all – we all die.
To find pleasure in life is God’s gift.
Eccl 2:24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?
To suffer in life is God’s calling. Paul was called by God for His purpose (Acts 9:15-16).
So friends, in your pleasures or in your sufferings, do you see God in them? Thank God for both.