What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Why does it always feel like something missing? Could there be a higher purpose to life? Is there a bigger picture going on? Does a higher power exist? (PK)
These are just some of the questions my husband (PK) posed in his message on Sunday. The good news is, if you are a Christian, is that we already have the answer. The good news is, if you aren’t a Christian, is that the answer is available to you too!
Maybe you have heard of the book of Proverbs. The book was written by King Solomon, the wisest man. Well, he also wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, where he searches for the meaning of life. He finds it was in front of him all the time. Kind of like the glasses you are looking for that are on top of your head.
How about a few more thinking questions?
If you could have a chance to start at the end of your life and see how things end up and then have another chance to live it all again in light of the true meaning and purpose of life, would you do it? Would you fix what was broken? Would you live your life differently? Would you go through it all again and fix what was broken? And would you do it not just for yourself, but for your family, your friends, your co-workers, strangers, those people who don’t know what you know? Would you do it? (PK)
Solomon was so wise that it almost bested him. He had great wealth, plenty of wives, and a ton of horses and chariots. Did this stuff make him better and fulfill him? No. After searching he found that all those things didn’t bring happiness, it wasn’t enough. So what is?
God. Solomon writes at the end of 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 whole duty of man.”
Stuff isn’t bad, but if we put all our stock in it, it is going to disappoint us. It’s not easy to fear God but we need to, it is what we are told to do in the Bible. God isn’t going to disappoint us. If we trust him and stop the excuses and let him lead, we’ll be a whole lot better off. If we choose to serve him and put others in front of ourselves, your life will change.
So, are you willing to follow God? Are you willing to take the steps necessary to turn your life towards him? Are you brave enough to admit you are broken and start to mend not just for yourself, but others around you? This is one case where reading the ending of the story is the best place to start!
Other parts on Ecclesiastes: