What is the purpose of Life?

Purpose

Daily Devotion Friday June 9, 2017

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come… Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind”

Ecclesiastes 12:1,13

The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes who terms himself as the teacher or the preacher points to the meaninglessness of everything in life. This volume where the teacher uses the word vanity or meaningless for about 38 times begins by noting; “Meaningless! Meaningless! Says the Teacher. Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). He runs this theme of vanity throughout the book to the last chapter where he re-states; “Meaningless! Meaningless! Says the teacher. Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 12:8).

Is everything under the sun meaningless? Are all our toils day and night meaningless? Is life vanity? Is there no purpose for our being? If everything is meaningless, do we have any reason to live? Suppose there is a purpose for our living; How Now Shall We Live? Not all is vanity, our living is not meaningless, and there is a purpose for our living and or our creation. We are created for a duty—to fear God and obey his commandments.

After his lengthy exposition of vanity or meaninglessness, the teacher draws a very significant conclusion on the purpose of life. He writes; “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Like king Solomon, sometimes we focus so much on the pleasures of this world. But what does pleasure accomplish? In his attempt to answer the question; Can man live without God? Ravi Zacharias explains why life appears meaningless to some people;

“I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. And that is why we find ourselves emptied of meaning with our pantries still full”—Ravi Zacharias.

Life is not meaningless only if we can seek for the meaning of life in the Creator. God’s law/commandments or his word points us to the meaning of life and those who genuinely delight in his commands live meaningfully. As noted by Charles Colson,

“The Bible teaches that there is a holy God whose law constitutes a transcendent, universally valid standard of right and wrong. Our choice has no effect at all on this standard; our choice simply determines whether we accept it, or reject it and suffer the consequences.”

Whether we regard God’s word or not. Whether we take life as vanity or not. Whether we chose to reject God and live independently or live according to his statutes, yet there is one thing about how we have chosen to live; “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Our purpose in life is to fear God and keep his commandments. Will you live up to the purpose for which you were created? Rev. J

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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.

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