Madness, Wisdom and the Purpose of Life.

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King Solomon was a mad man!

That was the first thing I thought as I read over the chapter of Wisdom. How could a man so wise say things that made absolutely no sense? Or am I the foolish one? There was one thing I could relate to however and it was the fact that everything is meaningless. And it is! But………without God. God is the one who gives everything in life a meaning. No matter how we choose to define it for ourselves there is only so far we can get to and not look mad like Solomon. Wisdom is unsearchable and like Job said the only definition for wisdom is in the fear of God. Life isn’t so tough but it is the way we have defined it by our own perspective that makes it appear so.  If Jesus said he has come to give us life and that we should have it abundantly then it must definitely not be a bad thing. God looked at everything and said it was good. How would all these things, the mountains and the trees; the fishes in the seas, be meaningless? How could technology and white collar jobs be meaningless? It might be meaningless because we cannot fathom God’s purpose. Gosh! Now I hope I don’t sound disillusioned.

Worldly Wisdom + Overthinking= Tough Life

Vs 28- This only I have found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes”

Life may seem tough right now because you are going in search of many schemes (which can mean anything to you). I personally do not know what you’re searching for. I know one thing that is common to all and that is the search for eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We want to live long and live better. We want to enjoy the moments of our lives. We want to go to Mars! Never satisfied and always pressing on. We think we know it all. We want to make a difference. We want to dominate.  There is nothing wrong with desiring the best.  What is wrong is that whatever we seek to achieve outside of God is corrupted.  We will only meet with worrisome results. The purpose of life is to:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and every other thing shall be added unto you.”

-Matthew 6:33

Let me share my personal experience with you. I had all these questions about wisdom and purpose. I was frustrated that my questions were not quite answered. For how many years now it seemed like I was still searching. You could say I was in search of many schemes. While waiting for service to start in church, I read Ecclesiastes 7. I was going to read anyway at home but because I had spare time I just decided to read through. So like I said earlier I thought Solomon was mad! His wisdom probably made him go knots. But during the service, while our youth pastor was preaching, she said something that I linked to Solomon’s words:

“If you have gotten to the end of your journey then you should be in heaven! But because you are still here on earth then you are still growing, there is still so much to do. Don’t worry about who you are and how God is going to use you, all you have to say is yes.”

In other words figuring everything out is not the way to get through life because you cannot. It is definitely not wisdom. Trying to do this only brings you to the point where life is tough and meaningless. All you have to say is yes to God. All we have to do is:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and every other thing shall be added unto you.”

-Matthew 6:33

Sometimes you can feel you are running out of time and you have not accomplished so much that you want to.  But just like there’s time for everything, there is also time for everyone. The time God called Joshua is completely different from when God called Samuel. The circumstances of Moses was completely different from that of Elisha. While some are running from their purpose some are earnestly chasing after it. Don’t be too much in a rush, trust that God’s timing is the best. Be patient and be prepared so that when the trumpet sounds you will be ready to seize the opportunity. That is the trumpet of your destiny but there is also the trumpet of your life. You have to know what you are living for on earth so that you will know what you will receive after your time here on earth.

 

The conclusion of the matter is that true wisdom comes from fearing God. Fearing God and seeking him is a clear path to fulfilling destiny. Your destiny does not end here on earth but in Heaven.

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Scripture:

“God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells……….And he said to the human race, ‘The fear of the Lord- that is wisdom……” Job 28:23; 28 (NIV)

“…….I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” John:10:10 (ESV)

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)

2 thoughts on “Madness, Wisdom and the Purpose of Life.

  1. Sidney says:

    Many Schemes, looking for pleasure….thinking we are smart. Yeah, The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom!! And prov 23 vs 26- ” give me your heart” Obeying that commandment is just the wisest move. It is wise to Note that giving the heart comes first before all the prayers and givings of offerings and sacrifices can be fully accepted. Great write up, carry on. Merry Xmas and a prosperous new year.

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