Meaningless

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, ” completely meaningless.”

Do you ever feel that way?

Obviously this emotion is spreading rapidly through our culture today as we see the suicide rates and mass shootings multiply.  To many people, tomorrow seems to be meaningless and not worth sticking around for.

“What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? ” asked King Solomon, the Teacher.  He was the wisest man who ever lived and he wrote Ecclesiastes.

“I observed everything going on under the sun and, really, it is all meaningless – like chasing the wind.”

Pretty depressing, isn’t it?

The futility of pleasure – fleeting and never gives us lasting  contentment.

The meaninglessness of work –  we put so much effort into work that we leave behind to others who have not worked for it.

The injustices of life – evil is very real.

The futility of wealth – those who love money will never have enough.

The limits of human wisdom – “wisdom is difficult to find.”

Death comes to all – “the same destiny (of death) awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad.”

Solomon’s final conclusions are that we should enjoy life while obeying God – real freedom and happiness come exclusively from him.  Evil and injustice will always in a part of life on earth.  We should live in faith knowing God wins in the end and will judge all things.  We are responsible for our own actions in relation to the evil of this world.

Meaning and purpose will only be found by being faithful to God.

That alone is not meaningless.

Thank you for giving my life meaning and purpose, Abba Father.

Our God is Able

“Our God is able to deliver us.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told King Nebuchadnezzar as they faced being thrown in the fiery furnace, “But even if he does not, we want you to know, your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel  3: 17&18. )Sept 4 2015 our God is able

God is telling us today as we read this that he able to deliver us from any fiery furnace we are facing.  It was true for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and it is true now.  Our God does not change.  He will not change.

Every time I read this story,  I am struck by the words ‘But even if he does not’.  It’s one thing to put your life on the line if you don’t think you are going to die from it.

‘Even if he does not’ meant that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were totally trusting God with their lives and their deaths.  Either way, they were good.  They were committed.

They were willing to die rather than to be unfaithful to God.

Is our faith that strong?

Help us to grow our faith, Abba Father.

Caleb is one of my Heroes

I want to be like Caleb.  Every time the Bible mentions him, he is faithfully following God.

He and Joshua were in the group of spies Moses sent to the Promised Land.  They were the only men of the group that said the Israelites should take the land.  They believed that God would give them victory over the large warriors that inhabited the land and all of the huge fortified cities.  Because of their strong faith, Joshua and Caleb were the only 2 people from their generation who actually got to go into the Promised Land.March 13 2015 Caleb is my hero

Caleb is not mentioned often in the Bible but, when he is, he is always doing what pleases God.  He is always believing in God, obeying God and is willing to stand up for his beliefs against opposition.

What a great role-model!  That is why he is one of my heroes in the Bible.

He isn’t one of the main players in history.  But, when it counts, he could always be counted on.

We can’t all live the epic life of faith in the spotlight that Abraham and Moses lived.  They were central characters right in the middle of what God was doing.  Most of us are called to be like Caleb – on the sidelines but faithfully playing our part in what God is doing.  We need to consistently stay on course to complete the purpose God has given us – always ready to support the Abrahams and Moses’ of our time who are up on stage, leading and also just trying to obey the call that God has put on their lives.  We encourage them.  We pray for them.

As we travel this road of faith together…..

always ready to listen to God.

always ready to obey.

Faithful.

Please help us follow Caleb’s example, all for your glory, Abba Father.