Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 29 (The voice of God upon the waters); Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (Toil for pleasure is ultimately vanity); 1 Corinthians 2:1-10 (The Spirit reveals the depths of God)
People continue to seek for meaning to their lives. They may not say it out loud, but everyone is asking themselves, in one way or another, what the meaning of life is. They want to know their purpose in life. Solomon, as king, as rich as he was, looked for that meaning in life. He applied all of his great riches towards finding that meaning in pleasure – not unlike people today. Solomon recognized that the pursuit of pleasure was meaningless. Too many people today are making that same conclusion. Still, they don’t know where to turn.
David speaks of the meaning in life given by God as His voice thunders across the land. In the search for meaning, God blesses His people with peace. Paul speaks of a greater wisdom than people can obtain by their own efforts. “No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” As we begin to hear and understand God’s wisdom our search for meaning is resolved. While there we still have questions, we realize that we were created to be in a relationship with God. Our sin separated us from God, but the death of Jesus Christ brought us forgiveness. Because of that, we can live in relationship with God. And, because we are in a positive relationship with God, we are called to work to help others know God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. There are, of course, still more questions for anyone who is seeking truth. At the same time, we have enough understanding of the mystery of God to act on it and bring meaning to our own lives and the lives of others.
Oh Lord, like so many others I have wandered, searching for meaning and understanding in life. Then, I realized how much meaning You give to life when You came to me. Help me to soak in Your love and grace and share it with others so that they might understand how You give meaning to life.