Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Why Am I Here?

I suppose that is a question that many people ask. Why am I here? Well, why are you here? To take care of your children? To work to support your family? Are you here to have fun and do as you please until something stops you?

What about this one. If God could give you anything you wanted, what would it be? More money? More time with your family? Feed the hungry?

God asked Solomon what was the one thing he wanted. Solomon desired wisdom. God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 1 Kings 4:29 Talk about asking and receiving.

Ecclesiastes 1

Everything Is Meaningless

1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."

3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?

4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.

6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.

7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.

9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

10 Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.

11 There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.

Wisdom Is Meaningless

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!

14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.

16 I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."

17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

We work to fill our homes with pretty things, we work to drive nicer cars, live in larger homes. They are all in vain if we do not first live for the Lord.

Generations come and go. The earth is full of people who will pass on, and the earth will keep spinning. All that will be left is the memory in our hearts. What memory will you leave? Did you buy good gifts? Did you feed the poor? Did you love the Lord? Our names will surely be forgotten. Sooner or later it will happen. But there is One who will always remember your name.

In Solomon's day, 3000 years ago, people were unsatisfied. Now, here we are, with more gadgets and channels than some could imagine; but are we satisfied? Everything the world has to offer will never be enough. Only the Lord can fill us to satisfaction.

The Lord never intended for our lives to be meaningless. He did not intend for us to chase the wind, looking for satisfaction all over the world. He intended for us to only look up to Him. To serve Him. To love Him. To tell others of His great love.

Why are you here?


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