I was reading Ecclesiastes this morning. Solomon was pretty much ragging on this world. He has such a way of making sure that we get the fact that focusing on the things of the world is such a waste of time.
Yet he was the wisest King (aside from Jesus of course) and he still did it.
We are human, and as such, we focus on us, rather than Him.
Yet Solomon has been kind enough to share with us the whole story about focusing on us rather than Him.
• If we go after temporal pleasure, we are left empty.
• If we expect not to have suffering, we will be disappointed.
• If we think work for an end in itself will give us purpose, wrong again.
It’s hard. We all want to live a life that counts. How do we do that if nothing makes us feel like it counts?
It says in the Westminster Catechism that our purpose is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
Which of course leads to the next question, how do we do that?
Thankfully, the Westminster Catechism answers this next.
The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.
God’s Word provides us the direction and the answer.
We can listen to sermons. We can read books about other people’s interpretation of God’s Word. We can work hard to please God out of ignorance of what His gift to us really means.
In the end, the only way to learn about glorifying God is in the Bible. The place to start enjoying God is to get to know Him through His Word.
There is no shortcut. There is no earthly solution.
Yet, make no mistake, we do have a purpose.
If we focus on His purpose for us, rather than the world’s, we defy time, gravity, and forever becomes eternity.
Thanks to Him, and His free gift.
What are you reading in the Bible right now?