What is Behind Door #2 Johnny?

Have you ever seen one of those game shows, where the contestant gets to choose their prize, which is behind one of three doors? They never go right to the door that they chose; they always show the other prizes first. They want everyone to see what they could have won. The reality is that they won what they were supposed to win, because they chose the door they did. What was behind the other doors has no purpose for them, other than letting them see what was not theirs. Everyone in the audience is saying, “They should have chosen the other door”.  Most people that are poor think that people that are rich are greedy, untruthful, and are there to take advantage of the poor. Most rich people think that poor people are unwilling to work, uneducated, and have no desire to do better. The poor people chose door # 1 and the rich people chose door #3. In each case, they got what was behind the door that they chose.
 
Eccl 5:18-20
18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. 19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 20 For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
 
            It sounds like it is saying to be happy with what God has given you as a gift and don’t be so concerned about what is behind the other doors. Can you imagine what the host of the show would say if the contestant said, “I don’t think it is fair that I didn’t get what was behind the other door”? The host would probably say, “You didn’t have to pay for your gifts, they were free, why are you complaining”? The contestant would probably say, “I would not have complained if I would not have seen what I didn’t get”? Just because something is there, doesn’t mean it is there for you. The gifts that you are given are from God. It is what God wants you to have. You should be happy and rejoice that you were given any gifts at all.
            What you don’t know is that the gifts behind door #2, the vacation for two, the $1000 gift certificate to Sears, were just what the man needed. His marriage was falling apart because he and his wife never get to get away and spend any time together. There is a lot of stress in their marriage because of bad credit and they need a washer and dryer, so that his wife doesn’t have to go the laundry mat late at night when see gets off work. Now behind one of the other doors, there was a house full of furniture, and they lived in a little apartment. Behind the other door was a new car, and if they won it, they couldn’t afford the sales tax nor the insurance. Now they could have sold the other stuff and used the money to take a vacation and buy that washer and dryer, but the vacation would have probably not happened, because they would have used the money for bills and things. So you see, God gave them exactly what they needed, even though you might have thought they got the short end of the stick.
            God knows what you need and you know what you want. Sometimes they are not the same thing. Be happy with what God has given you and know it is what you need. Stop looking at what other people have and wishing you had it. It is better to be happy in what God has given you than to be unhappy with what you have given you.