In the Book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon searches for the purpose of life.
Aren’t we all? If you enter “what is the purpose of life” in Google, over 7 billion results come up.
What form has your search taken? My biggest questions are:
How much time have I wasted worrying, contemplating, imagining, and longing? And how much time have I wasted fighting life?
Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 NLT
What answers have you found? Here are my latest revelations: Life is joy and sorrow, victories and struggles. I will only experience true perfection in the heavenly realms. Why waste time and energy trying to expect the ups and resist the downs? I believe pursuing God can reveal my true purpose and make me whole. He equips me with all I need to have a good life.
That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.Ecclesiastes 12:13 NLT
So friends, let’s experience every of part of being alive, of being human. Let us resign ourselves to live life in totality. It all comes together to make us complete people who live the full spectrum of life with God’s help!
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 MSG
A right time for birth and another for death, A right time to plant and another to reap, A right time to kill and another to heal, A right time to destroy and another to construct, A right time to cry and another to laugh, A right time to lament and another to cheer, A right time to make love and another to abstain, A right time to embrace and another to part, A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go, A right time to rip out and another to mend, A right time to shut up and another to speak up, A right time to love and another to hate, A right time to wage war and another to make peace.