What’s life all about? What does it mean?
Does life have a God-given meaning? or Do we, ourselves, give it a meaning that, we feel, it has for us?
Why are we here on earth? What is the purpose of our life?
Do we have a God-given answer to this question? or Must we create, for ourselves, our own sense of purpose?
Where is our life going? Do we have a future towards which we can look forward with true and lasting joy?
Do we have a God-given future? or Is it up to ourselves to create a future for ourselves?
These are big question – these questions about meaning, purpose and direction.
They’re questions about our past, present and future.
We ask about the meaning of our life, and our thoughts go back to Genesis 1:26, which tells us that we have been created by God and created for God – created in his image.
We ask about the purpose of our life, and our thoughts go forward to Revelation 19:7 – “Let us rejoice and be glad and give God glory!”
We can look back, and we can look forward – but we cannot take ourselves back to the beginning, and we cannot take ourselves on to the end.
We must live in the here-and-now. We must travel the journey that has been given to us.
What are we to say about our life on earth?
In Ecclesiastes 3:11, we learn about two things: our limitations – “no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” – and our longing for something more – “God has set eternity in the human heart.”
When big questions are asked – questions about meaning, purpose and direction, questions about the past, the present and the future, let us not pretend that we have all the answers, but let us, also, be bold enough to confess, with the courage of faith, that God has given us enough to convince us that he loves us and that he will be there for us, always and forever.