What gain has the worker from his toil?
I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Work is a blessing given to us by God (Gen 2:15). Sure, it was marred by the fall (Gen 4:12), but that does not negate the fact that we were designed for work and that, because of that design, we delight in work well done.
Also notice how work is given before the fall and how “eternity in the hearts of men” is sandwiched in between a discussion on work. Work is not something we should dread, as the author of Ecclesiastes points out, taking pleasure in our work is God’s gift to man.