Solomon gained much wisdom during his reign as king of Israel, but he often found life meaningless in the scheme of things. He had it all – tried it all – felt enjoyment and pleasure from all of it, but still came up empty. Is life meaningless?
I had an aunt that was convinced that living here on earth was as if existing in hell – that this is as bad as it gets and there’s only the hope of heaven. That hope kept kept her hanging on to life through a terminal illness, a broken marriage and many other problems. Life to her was meaningless.
Looking at the world today, it would be easy to claim that we have run amok – that the future holds only more trials and pain – that life isn’t worth living – that everything is meaningless.
The word “meaningless” means having no importance or value. Is this the case for us? Do you ever get to a point when you wonder why you’re here – what is your value, what’s your purpose, what is God’s plan for you? When we get into those times of doubt and defeat, we can either turn to Him for answers or simply give up.
Our very existence is determined by Him. He’s the One who joins two into one to create new life. He watches over that life from the womb to the tomb. He has a master plan which covers every minute and second of our existence. Because He’s God, we can be sure His plan is much better than ours will ever be. Life is not an accident or a mistake. It’s a precious gift from the Creator of all things.
So is life meaningless? I don’t think so. As long as I have life within me, God has something exciting waiting for me at just the right moment – in His timing – according to His purpose.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9