Saturday, January 12, 2013

12 January 2013 - Psalms 104:14,15

Saturday, January 12

[Jehovah] is making . . . wine that makes the heart of mortal man rejoice. — Ps. 104:14, 15

Throughout the Bible, we find statements indicating that Jehovah wants us not only to live but also to enjoy life. Indeed, Jehovah makes crops grow to yield grain, oil, and wine for our sustenance. But wine also ‘makes the heart rejoice.’ It goes beyond what is strictly necessary to maintain life and adds to our joy. (Eccl. 9:7; 10:19) Yes, Jehovah wants us to be joyful, our hearts filled with “good cheer.” (Acts 14:16, 17) There is, therefore, no reason to feel guilty when we once in a while schedule some time to “observe intently the birds of heaven” and “the lilies of the field” or to enjoy some other activities that refresh us and enrich our life. (Matt. 6:26, 28; Ps. 8:3, 4) A wholesome life is a “gift of God.” (Eccl. 3:12, 13) Viewing leisure time as part of that gift will move us to use it in a way that will bring pleasure to the Giver. w11 10/15 1:1, 2