As we prepare to close our series from the book of Ecclesiastes next week (Friday, August 1st - 7:30 pm), I've been thinking quite a bit about what has captured my affections? The Preacher from Ecclesiastes has sought to answer the biggest question we all have to wrestle with, "What is the meaning of life?" With much searching and discovery his conclusion is that life apart from God is a meaningless existence. To state it positively, life is about living for the Creator and Sustainer of our souls.
That sounds logical for Christians to say and confess, but do we really believe it? I mean the question before me is always one of functionality. Here's an example, "Do I live out what I confess?" It's a sobering question to consider. To be quite honest, too often the answer is "No." There are so many situations that I can find myself in on a daily basis that seek to lure my attention and affections away from the One who loves me and gave Himself for me. For instance, it seems to be so easy and logical to live for Him versus living to be loved and admired by others, but the immediate and what is visible often wins out over Him.
As we prepare to close this series I'd like to invite you to pray David's prayer along with me where he wrote:
"Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!" (Psalm 139:23-24)
Let us ask Him to discern our hearts and to rescue us as well. He's that good, gracious, and merciful to answer us!
To help us think about what we're functionally believing the meaning of life is all about, click here to read an article by Tim Challies that may help us. Look forward to seeing you all next Friday night!!!