This morning’s reading in a daily Bible podcast was from Ecclesiastes. In chapters four through six, Solomon repeats many times that everything is just vanity. He seems to say that there is no purpose to life on earth. Solomon was for most of his life a very wise man. In fact, in the same chapters there are many very wise sayings, but he was a naturally minded man. He did not have the faith of his father, David. It would be easy to find fault with Solomon and dismiss much of the book of Ecclesiastes, but perhaps the greatest lesson in this book is its warning to me. How many times do I say, “What’s the use?” “What’s the point of continuing in this job?” Or, “why bother?” When I think like that, I am thinking like Solomon, a naturally minded human being.
The second reading this morning came from 2 Corinthians 6. It says that we should separate ourselves from unbelievers because we are the temple of God Almighty and He will live in us, walk in us and be our God and we will be His people. Connecting that idea to the lessons in Ecclesiastes, if I’m a naturally minded person, I will stay home and separate myself from anyone who doesn’t believe the same as me. However, the most important separation needs to be inside of me. We should all separate out of us whatever thinks as Solomon did and banish those thoughts that believe that there is no point. Is there no purpose in our lives? Are we just natural human beings? Or does God direct us and have a purpose in every person we meet, in every situation we encounter every single day?
Let’s remember, think on these things and have faith that we are the temple of the living God and that all the things that happen to us in our daily lives are working together for good because we do love God and are called according to his purpose in our lives. (Romans 8:28) He is constantly directing our paths and doing His best to bring us into a higher light. Life is very full of purpose. If we can’t see it, we have only to ask Him.