How many times do we ask ourselves what the point of life is? What is the meaning of life? It’s a question that has plagued every generation since man has walked the earth. Is it for our glory, to gain power, wealth, fame, and honor? Is our ultimate aim to live comfortably, to raise a family and love our friends and our neighbors, to make money in some form or another, to follow our dreams and hope that they come true? It’s an interesting question, because once we discover what it is, it becomes our driving force.
If we turn to the God’s Holy Scripture and take a look at Ecclesiastes, we find the overwhelming theme of the book is that life is meaningless. We find that King Solomon, in all his wisdom, in all of his wild experiences of tasting the choicest foods, sleeping with all the beautiful women of the land, constructing massive monuments to and for himself, attaining the greatest power that Jerusalem had ever known, after denying himself “nothing [his] eyes desired,” after it had all taken place, he saw the works he had achieved and the things he had done, and “everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind,” and “nothing was gained under the sun.” (Ecc. 2:10-11).
Yet at the end of it all, after pinpointing the meaningless of everything that life has to offer, including all the sinful, temporary, petty pleasures that this world has to offer, we see a glimmer of hope and life. The conclusion of the matter arrives with resounding simplicity. Everything comes down to God. Solomon pleads with us to “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” He ends with a note that God “will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Praise God that we no longer have to fear judgment since the wrath of God was so beautifully soaked up in Christ, and to the glory of God! We should fear God in the sense that we obey the commandments that Christ has given us to die to ourselves daily, carry our crosses and follow after Him, since He provides us with eternal life that will never run dry or cease to satisfy us. Let us pick up our crosses with delight, knowing that the suffering that we endure in this life is temporary, that the glory of God through Christ will outshine and outlast everything and lead us through those troubled times of persecution. Let us resound with joy over the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, whom we are enslaved to, for the love that He bestowed on us while we were yet sinners.
So if you’re still wondering what the meaning of life is, take a look at God’s enlightening and inspiring Word, which is living and active. Remember the greatest commandments that Jesus ever gave us. May we meditate on what it means to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) Love requires a cost, a sacrifice, and Jesus gave us the greatest sacrifice the world has ever seen – His life for ours, while we were miserable sinners. So as we remember what’s important and meaningful in life, let us remember that it’s not about us – it’s about God and His eternal glory that He is willing to share with us out of His deep love and grace, and the power of Christ in us. May we share that love with everyone we meet to the glory of God in Christ Jesus!
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