Ecclesiastes 1:2 Meaningless

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

People search for meaning to why things occur as they do. Children are always asking why they have to learn some subject or topic in school. They do not see any meaning or reason for it.

Murders occur on a regular basis and people wonder why a person does the killing, especially in mass levels of killing. People want to know the meaning of why there are wars going on.

Disasters and sickness occur in the lives of people and people are always asking why. There does not appear any reason for these events to happen.

As people seek to find answers to why things happen, most often the answer appears that the event was meaningless, with no reason that one can see or understand. When this occurs, there are many who find life is meaningless and want to end it.

Solomon starts out this book with stating that everything is meaningless. There was no reason for anything.

Looking at most things there does not appear to be any meaning for why they occur. From the world’s viewpoint of everything that occurs, there is often no reason. Things often look hopeless and with no real purpose.

Those who believe in God, however, see things from a different perspective. Events in this life are seen from God’s eternal point of view, though often it is also difficult to see or understand.

The believer knows that things that are bad that occur happen because of sin. Sin brings people to do what should not be done. Sin has brought death, sickness and meaninglessness to many things in the lives of people.

Only in Jesus does one begin to see reason and meaning to everything that occurs. Without God there is no purpose for anything. God is the one who gives life and purpose to a person.

Going through your life, you will encounter things and events that do not appear to have any meaning or purpose. Turn your focus off of those events and onto God. Gain an eternal perspective of what is going on.

Realize that a lot of things that occur are because of sin and sinful choices.

Holding onto and believing in Jesus gives meaning and purpose to everything. Never forget that God works all things out for those who believe and trust in Him.

Your life does have meaning and purpose in Christ Jesus. Lean on Jesus and hope in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal your purpose in this life; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; and that God will reveal meaning to events in your life. 

Proverbs 27:1 Boasting About Future Plans

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Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1 

Goals and plans are constantly being made by millions of people every day. Plans are made as to what they will do in the days to come. These plans are as numerous as one can think. Plans to start a business, start exercising, make some money, graduate, travel somewhere, save some money, go on a vacation, purchase something, and on and on the lists go.

Often people will boast about what they are planning to do. They want everyone to know about it. As the day of doing it gets closer, they get more excited and losing focus on the day at hand.

Solomon gives a warning about boasting about future plans. He points out that one does not know what the next day may bring.

Having a vision and a plan to reach a goal is great. However, those plans should be held loosely, instead of boasting about it.

Everything that can be done to make the plan work out can be done, but things in life can get in the way and stop it.

Things that can stop a plan very quickly are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Sudden sickness, an accident, bad weather, natural disasters, death, break downs, and the list goes on to infinity.

Often a person plans something and then boasts about it, but right before it should occur, something happens to stop it. He then will often get mad at God or others because it could not happen.

Boasting about the event coming is about self, not about God, who is in control. One is allowing selfishness and pride to get in the way. Yet, one does not have the absolute control of every situation.

As a believer you can make plans for tomorrow, but hold them loosely knowing that God may change those plans. Do not allow yourself to boast as though those plans are guaranteed. You are not guaranteed one day on this earth beyond right now.

Allow God to have control of all your plans. Let Him make them or change them needed. Do not be angry when God changes what you had planned. Boast in what God is doing and in His control of every situation. God may stop your plans to give you something better in your life.

Keep in mind who is really in control of your tomorrow.

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will seek what God desires of you for each day; that God will help you remove all pride from your life; and that God will give you a vision of His plans for your days. 

Philippians 1:12 All For A Purpose

 

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Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12

Things that appear to be bad happen to people on a regular basis. Questions always arise as to why bad things occur to good people. These types of questions arise with both believers and non-believers.

A person who has been generous with his time and money all of his life, suddenly gets cancer. A person who has always been kind and generous loses his job and house. A generous and serving person ends up in a major life-changing accident. In each of these people are always asking why did it happen.

None of these things has anything to do with whether a person is a believer or not.

Add all of those things to a believer and a believer must deal with more events. A strong believer, who is a constant witness for Jesus, who runs from all sin, is suddenly put in prison, or is fired because of his belief. Or the believer is put through a lot of problems and harassment because of his belief in Jesus.

Paul had a major event in his life. He had been faithful to God in spreading the gospel message of Jesus. He never did any harm to anyone. Yet, he was put in prison. The Philippian church was wondering what had happened and why it occurred.

Paul used that time in prison to spread the gospel. He did fight back or get angry at the people or God for being in prison. He used that time there to be a witness to everyone in the prison, both prisoners and guards. As a result it spread the gospel message into a new area.

There will come times of major catastrophes in your life. It may mean major change in living, position, health, or many other areas. God does not always reveal why it happens, but one thing that can always occur because of it is the spreading of the gospel message.

That event may bring you to new people to tell about Jesus. Your actions and reactions to the situation will be a witness of your belief and trust in God.

Do not get discouraged or angry at God or the world. Use that event to help spread the gospel message to all the world. It can have an eternal purpose.

I pray today that you will know God is with you; that you will see events through the eyes of God; that you will use everything as an opportunity to be God’s witness; and that God will reach many people through you.

Matthew 26:56 It Must Happen

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“But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:56

After celebrating the Passover feast with the disciples, Jesus went to the garden to pray. While there some leaders of the law came with some soldiers and arrested Him. Jesus states that all that was happening had to occur, because it was prophesied by the prophets of God. Those prophecies had to be fulfilled.

When a person assembles something together for the first time, there are a set of instructions to be followed. There is always a set order in how to assemble the object. If the instructions are not followed in correct order or some of the steps are entirely skipped, the object will not be assembled correctly and will not work.

People try to skip steps in order to complete it faster or because they think that they know what they are doing. Often when this happens another part does not work correctly or does not fit in correctly.

In this passage, there were a set order of things that had to occur in the life of the Jesus and the disciples. God had already set in motion what had to happen and how it was to happen. This was regardless of how it looked or felt by anyone.

In the life of a believer, God has set things in motion. He has a plan for your life in how things should occur and when they should occur.

Some of the prophecies that were made about you are that you would be persecuted, that God would give you strength, that you would be hated, that God would give you victory in the end, and that you will have eternal life.

The challenge with this is that some of those prophecies are not very comforting or easy to accept. All of the things that God allows in your life are being used to build you up and make you more like Jesus.

It was not easy for Jesus to go to the cross. It was not easy for the disciples to see Jesus go to the cross. But it was necessary. They had to keep moving forward in the path God laid out for them. The events had to occur.

The events in your life must occur to build you. Trust God as they occur today.

I pray today that you will know the prophecies of God for your life; that you will know God is in control; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that you will grow closer to God through the events of your life. 

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