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. 

Psalm 54:4 What Keeps You Going?

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Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4 

In order to keep moving forward a person needs something to sustain him. The basics that every person on this earth needs are: food, water, shelter, and clothing. Without these things at a minimum he cannot keep going forward.

Beyond those basics one also needs some motivation to keep moving forward, especially during a difficult time in life. There has to be a reason to want to keep pushing forward and not give up. Many people call it quits when the going gets tough and some will even end it all if the struggle becomes too much.

Wealth, position, fame, and power are some reasons that keep many people moving forward. They hold on to the hope of these things to come or in their life to go through tough times. However, each of these things can and will fail in the end.

As David was being chased by his enemies, he was also being betrayed by a close friend. Instead of giving up, he holds on to the hope that God is his help and will sustain him, keeping him moving forward despite the challenges.

Instead of looking to the temporary things that the world seeks for sustenance, such as wealth, fame, and position, believers look to God to keep them going. He is the one who provides everything that is needed.

Along with providing food and water, God also provides a hope that is eternal. There is a reason for going through the struggles in this life that makes it all worth it in the end. This can also provide a joy and a peace that passes understanding.

These are the things that give a person strength to keep going forward when the world is fighting against him. They are internal and eternal motivations, rather than temporary and external as the world has.

Look to God for what you need to keep moving forward. You are on a path towards becoming more like Jesus every day. You are on the path God has set before you to get into heaven.

The greatest motivation you can have is knowing that God loves you and has great things in store for you some day in heaven. Don’t give up and get discouraged and want to quit. Keep moving forward.

Allow God’s love and strength and hope He provides to sustain you during the tough times in this life.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust in God’s provision for your life; that you will know God will help you in every situation; and that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward in His will. 

When You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good (Guest Blog)

Minister Aldtric Johnson wrote this excellent post on being smart in your own way. 

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It’s amazing to me that God is humble enough to allow those He created in His image to attain enough knowledge and wisdom of this world to decide that He is not real.

Some of us can allow the aspects of being created in His image to become a stumbling block..

Please read the rest of the article at: When You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good…

1 Peter 3:14-15 Suffering for Doing Right

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:14-15

Peter points out that most of the time when you do something good no one will harm you, but there are times someone will. Here he tells you that if you are harmed for doing something right, you are blessed.

What does he mean “blessed” when suffering for doing good? No one likes to suffer, how is that a blessings? Paul said he found joy in suffering for Christ, because he was going through a little of what Jesus had to go through. It is sort of like paying Jesus back a little for what He has gone through for you. The only way to find this joy is in a deep relationship with Jesus and really seeing what He has done for you.

Then you are told not to be afraid of their threats. These are the threats of those who are mis-treating you. Remember, the worst man can do to you is kill your body. In that happening you get to go to be with Jesus in heaven forever. Their threats are only temporary at best.

Peter then tells you to revere Christ as Lord in your heart. This is placing Jesus as the absolute ruler of everything in your life. Honor God with your whole life.

Then you are to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you. Do you know what you believe? Do you know why you believe what you believe? Can you answer someone who asks those questions on the spot? In another spot you are told to be ready in season and out of season. God will usually open doors for sharing your faith when you are not at church. Be ready for that.

In giving that answer, you must do it with gentleness and respect. Many times I have seen believers cramming God down the throats of people, only showing the sinfulness of their ways and the judgment of God. There is very little love of God in that, even though it all may be true. A kind word usually will turn away wrath, calming a person down. Respect the non-believer, even though you do not agree with his way of living or beliefs. If you look at the gospels, most of the time when Jesus used angry words it was with believers in God, not the people living in the world with no regard for God. Be gentle today.

I pray that today God will give you strength to do the right thing all the time; that God will reveal the blessings in suffering for doing right; that God will remove all fear in your life; that you will revere Jesus as Lord in your heart; that you will be ready to give an answer any time needed; and that you will speak with gentleness and respect to non-believers.