What is the Meaning of Life?

A quick trip through Ecclesiastes

“Everything is meaningless”

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.”

“For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow.”

“Everything is meaningless.  All go to the same place; all come from dust and to dust all return.”

“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.  This too is meaningless.”

“There is something else meaningless that occurs on the earth; the righteous who get what the wicked deserve and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve.”

What is the meaning of life?

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.  For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whatever it is, good or evil.”

Please help us love you and love others, Abba Father.  For this is the purpose and meaning of life.

 

 

 

Chasing the Wind

Is that what I’m doing?

Is that what you’re doing?

What is the meaning of life?

The Teacher in the book of Ecclesiastes tells us that everything is meaningless.  He tells us that we cannot comprehend the meaning of life using human wisdom.

He tried.

And he found –

the emptiness of pleasure,

the emptiness of achievement,

the emptiness of labor – unless the person enjoys what they do,

the emptiness of worship that is not true and obedient,

the emptiness of being too busy to value relationships in our lives. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”,

the emptiness of wealth – accumulating stuff,

the emptiness of disobedience – doing whatever we want,

and the emptiness of strength not guided by wisdom.

The Teacher tells us that we will discover our life’s meaning by knowing God and obeying him while we find the correct balance of all of these things.

There is a time for everything.

So we aren’t chasing the wind.

Please let us know you and obey you, Abba Father.

What is the Meaning of LIfe?

In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon tells us about the emptiness of human wisdom,

the emptiness of pleasure,

the emptiness of achievement,

the emptiness of labor,

the emptiness of our human condition,

the emptiness of accumulation,

the emptiness of unshared lives,

the emptiness of politics,

the emptiness of false worship,

the emptiness of wealth,

the emptiness of materialism,

the emptiness of prosperity,

the emptiness of strength.

We can easily get confused and distracted by our pursuit of the things on this list.  We think they will bring us happiness.

Solomon tells us they will not.  He has tried them all and none of them have given him what he was looking for.

Only one thing fills the emptiness that is inside of each one of us – a relationship with God.  This will make us happy.  Nothing and no one else will do that for us.

Solomon teaches us to strive for balance in our life as we find our purpose in knowing God and obeying him.

Everything else is meaningless.

Please help us always find our purpose in you, Abba Father.