Ecclesiastes 1:2 Meaningless And Worthless

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Proverbs 1:2

The words spoken in this verse are the words of a man who is broken and in great despair. He has looked at things in this world and could not find any meaning to anything. Everything that happens appears to have no meaning. The person speaking is Solomon, who had all the money and anything that he wanted. He was the wealthiest man that has ever lived in all of history, he made Bill Gates look poor, yet, he could not find meaning in life.

All around the world people are looking for meaning in life. It is extremely difficult to find meaning in war-torn countries, or in gang infested cities. It is difficult to find meaning when a loved one dies of an illness or bad accident. It is difficult to find meaning in losing a job or finding out a loved one has a dreaded illness or other health issue.

The question is often asked, “why do bad things happen to ‘good’ people?” People have philosophized over that question for centuries. Even Christians have struggled with that question. Many people look at everything and agree with Solomon that everything is meaningless.

When looking at everything without God or Jesus in the picture, it is true that everything is meaningless. Without God it does make sense why someone would want to commit suicide and end it all. There is no meaning in life or reason for anything without Jesus.

To find meaning in this life you must know God. In order to know God you must know Jesus. He is the only way to the Father. Jesus gives meaning to this life. In this life there will be things that look bad, and are bad, but Jesus gives the hope of an eternal life without suffering.

He gives reason to hang on in this life and to spread the Gospel message around the world. Without Jesus there is no peace or meaning. Without there being an eternal life to look forward to, there is no meaning for the suffering going on today.

When things look hopeless and meaningless in your life, look to God for meaning. Put all your hope and trust in Jesus and find meaning to this life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will know God personally; that God will reveal meaning in your life; and that you will trust God through the meaningless times.

 

 

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2 Corinthians 4:8-9 A Tough But Not Destroyed Life

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Paul describes his life as one that is very rough. It does not sound easy in any way. He was hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. Yet, with all of those bad things occurring he says that he still goes on. He is not destroyed in any way.

Every person has problems in this life. Each person’s problems are slightly different then another person’s problems, but all have many. These problems may be at different levels for each person. One person may have the problem of maintaining a 10,000 square foot house, while the other may have the same problem with a 1,100 square foot house. One makes seven digit figures annually, while the other is barely making $40,000/year. It is all a matter of perspective as to how big the problem is.

As a believer, many of the normal problems the world faces will be there, along with the troubles that come from the world because the person is a believer.

You may be hard pressed: having to pay the bills, work a job, and minister to others. Perplexed: not knowing what is next, not understanding why something is happening as it is, and not knowing how to reach someone who is lost. Persecuted: ridiculed for being a believer, overlooked for promotion as a believer, and physically persecuted. Struck down: this can be in word or the physical, and it includes all of the above problems.

Yet, in all of these problems of life, as a believer, you are not completely crushed, in despair, abandoned, or destroyed. God is with you. His Holy Spirit is in you. You have a hope that the world does not know. You have a future with a mansion in heaven some day. There is a reason and a purpose for everything you are going through.

Are you trusting God in your situations of life? Or are you giving up like the world does? Do not allow the problems of life to destroy you. God has overcome already and given you the victory. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will not be crushed, in despair, abandoned, or destroyed; that God’s presence will be real to you; and that God will give you His favor, strength and blessings.

Romans 8:37 More Than A Conqueror

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

As people go through life, most do not see themselves as a conqueror, much less more than a conqueror. Many do not even see themselves as really victorious. Often people look at themselves as just surviving, plugging through life with only a few small victories.

Paul states that you are more than a conqueror in these things. What are these “things” that he is talking about. Look back a few verses and you see that it is trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword. Basically it is everything that is bad that happens in life.

In life you will go through many different difficult situations from having a difficult day, all the way to being killed. It does not matter who you are, there will be those problems. Many people think that if they just have enough money, or that right job, all the problems will disappear. Others believe that if they just follow Jesus correctly the problems will go away.

Yet, no matter what you do there are more problems. As one problem leaves, another takes its place. While these problems are challenging, you can know that in Christ Jesus you are more than a conqueror through them.

What does it mean to be “more than a conqueror”? Most people either lose the battle or they just survive. Being more than a conqueror means that you go through the situation with the joy and strength of Jesus. You go through with the knowledge that He is in control and that you will win in the end. You do not grumble, complain, or go into despair.

The main difference is that your mind is set upon Jesus and His future for you, not the here and now. You know that Jesus loves you and is with you. You know that you are saved. Nothing can stop you when you are with Jesus and following Him.

As you go through a difficult time, where are you focused? Are you looking at the situation and complaining? Or are you looking towards Jesus and what He has done for you and will do for you?

If you are in Jesus, you are more than a conqueror. Don’t give up. Hold your head up high, you are a child of God, co-heir with Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will know that Jesus is in control; that you will not be broken down by the troubles of this world; that you will know that you are more than a conqueror in Jesus; and that God will help you to be victorious.