The ability to have intellectual inquiries is a blessing that can recurrently feel like a curse. When struck with periods of introspection or self-reflection we can find ourselves uttering the simple yet loaded question, “What’s the point?” If you’re a student I’m sure you’ve asked this question thousands of times. “Why the heck would I ever need to learn the Pythagorean theorem…? Life doesn’t revolve around triangles.” I’m thoroughly convinced that in some form or another every single person asked this question - especially when in pertinence to our lives. What’s the point?
The cultural answer to this question is comprised of so many iterations, each intimately entwined within the beliefs of the individual spewing forth their ideas. With that comes a grand buffet of ideology, each as unique as its beholder. With truth being singular (as in there can only logically be one truth) this is a “hot topic” that has started conversations and heated debate. This topic likewise is often passed around within the community of faith, with a host of questions in hot pursuit. What job should I work? Is making money a sin? Do I have to work in the Church to be a “good Christian”? Should we just be “good people”? All smaller pieces that add up and scream “what’s the point?”
I’ve asked this question to myself and found great encouragement in the best source of wisdom this world has seen: God’s Word. Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon, the wisest king of Israel, speaks deeply into the pursuits of life and what truly is behind everything we do. Taken by many as a depressing book, speaking of all as “vanity” and “grasping for the wind”, Ecclesiastes does well in delivering a poignant, yet well needed truth to this world.
“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14
You can either throw your hands in the air, deciding that life is pointless and it doesn’t matter how you live it, or you can keep reading and find out what Solomon is saying by this. At the end of the book of vanity Solomon gives us the “Whole duty of man.”
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
There it is. Fear God (in a holy reverence and awe inspired way) and keep His commandments. This is even confirmed by the ultimate spiritual authority, God in flesh, Jesus Christ.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34
Seek first the Kingdom. Jesus even goes a step further and answers the questions that are guaranteed to follow. Don’t worry! There’s enough going on today, why waste time worrying about tomorrow, or next week, month, year…just don’t. For in Christ is the fullness of life. By seeking him daily, the little things will work. The mundane will have purpose. Life will gain value and peace will be sure follow. So remember, there is a point.
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