What is the purpose of life?
The Purpose of Life - 2
What is the purpose of life? This was the question I raised in last week's eNote. This week, I thought we'd consider this Q again - this time, listening to the words of someone considered the wisest person to ever live on earth.
Near the end of his life, King Solomon wrote these words in the book of Ecclesiastes. "I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind." - Ecclesiastes 1:14 Solomon goes on to explain how (in the course of his life) he pursued everything under the sun. He pursued knowledge and understanding. He built great monuments and accumulated great wealth. He pursued pleasure and withheld nothing from himself. He did it all.. experienced it all.. learned it all.. accomplished it all.. and his conclusion is this: life is MEANINGLESS. Everything is VANITY, a chasing after the wind. Rather than experiencing fulfillment, Solomon experienced emptiness. Rather than feeling satisfaction, Solomon experienced frustration, regret and remorse. Here's how Solomon closed his book, “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.” - Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Fearing God” is not the same as living in fear of God. Solomon is not telling us that life should be like an ongoing horror movie. Rather, Solomon’s point is that we need to live with a holy fear, (a humble reverence, an honest humility) before our Creator. We are to live ever-mindful of God’s power and purposes at the forefront of our lives. So, what is the greatest pursuit of life? First and foremost - it’s knowing and loving God. It's seeking to love God with every part of every day - in our waking and sleeping - in our working and playing. When we're clear that this is our primary purpose in life, we'll gain a healthy perspective on every other pursuit in life. If we're not clear on this primary purpose, our life will be full of anxiety and a constant battle. If we're unclear about our divine purpose, life will truly be a chasing after the wind.
Next week - we'll wrap up this mini-series about God's divine purpose for our lives.
~ Pastor Caleb