Matthew 15:21-39; Leviticus 26-27; Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
Life can seem pointless at times. We work hard, we accumulate wealth and power. Then, we reach the end. We have nothing to show for our time on earth. Perhaps life is just plain hard all the time, and then we die. It may all seem pointless. Solomon, one of the richest men in the world at the time felt that way. “But when I surveyed all that my hands had done, and what I had worked so hard to achieve, I realized that it was pointless—a chasing after wind. Nothing is to be gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11) The book of Ecclesiastes is a difficult one to read because we read the words of one of the mightiest men of all time, at least in the history of the Israelites, and all he does is moan about how pointless life is. What makes it really hard is that all of the things Solomon did to find meaning in life are the very things that people do today. To put the theme of Ecclesiastes in today’s parlance, “He who dies with the most toys still dies.” Wise and fool alike die. Those who gain great wealth and those who remain in poverty die. So the question has to be “Is there meaning to life?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” That meaning is found not in our relationship with things and success, but in our relationship with God. Later in the book we are admonished to return to our Creator. Jesus constantly calls us into a relationship with Him. We see true meaning in this life and the next as we draw closer to God through Jesus Christ.
Lord, as we look at the troubles of this world it’s so easy to fall into despair. Life doesn’t make sense. Life seems meaningless; why are we here? But God, as I turn to You I am reminded that You love us. I see that You alone give meaning to life. Let my life have meaning in You. Let me share the joy of life in You with others.