In this world of turmoil, change, and challenge, you don’t have to go too far to hear people say things like what is shared in Ecclesiastes 1:2-11:
“”Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”
It makes you want to throw your hands in the air just reading it, right? I know I do! 11 chapters later this is the conclusion that is reached: “That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
I think the bottom line is a little bigger than this though. I do think that when it all boils down what you get is God. But God wouldn’t have made us the way He did if Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 was his only intended result. God created us each with brains, with abilities, with smiles, with qualities that are unmatched in any other. We may meet people who we click with, but no one is exactly us. Which is probably why Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
God didn’t make little god-bots, he made humans, each unique in their own way. Not the least of that uniqueness is the purpose He placed in each life, in each heart, in each soul. Which brings us to two conclusions that are interconnected. Through God we have a purpose, a meaning, in life that we do not have without Him. It’s our choice whether to accept Him and our purpose, or not.
This week I challenge you to look beyond the feelings of meaninglessness that may be in your life. If you’re so busy sticking your head in a hole and seeing the bad stuff, you’ll never get to the amazing stuff God’s got lined up for you specifically, and you’ll never know the satisfaction of doing a job well done for God.