There is no meaning to life if you live according to Solomon in Ecclesiastes. Solomon tried and tried again to find a meaning to all the things he did while on this earth. He tried using his wisdom, and found that despite all his knowledge he still knew nothing compared to the greatness of God. He tried flooding himself in worldly pleasures by building great wealth, owning everything he could set his eyes on, and essentially trying to fill every need of a man through his own hard work and wealth. But again, “everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind…”
In Psalm 127:1, Solomon writes, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” Without God as your foundation, all you are living for is meaningless.
Why toil over making everything perfect, or building up a great company, or spending countless hours helping your kids figure out their math homework? What’s the point? I mean if everything is meaningless, why waste your time doing all of this? Sooner or later, someone is going come behind you and undo everything you just spent hours doing, someone is going have to take over the company you worked so hard to build from the ground up, and your kids are eventually going to grow up and start making their own decisions. They will likely never have to figure out when two trains are going to meet again. So why do it?
Is it to make our time on this earth seem like it’s being used effectively? Is it just so that our kids can get older and have to discover for themselves how hard it is to find meaning? Or is it simply to feel good about ourselves; thinking that maybe if we try very hard to do something special, we will be remembered forever in the hearts of everyone born after us.
The good feelings we get when we accomplish something big are only temporary. Very rarely do people create for themselves such great success that their names will be in history books forever. Yes, there are a lot of famous people who have done great things in this world, but compared to the other billions of people in the world, that number is small in comparison. And how many of those people do you think are truly happy with their success and fame. They may look happy on the outside, with multimillion-dollar homes, millions of fans, and everything they ever wanted. But are they really happy on the inside? I’m going take a guess and say that for many of these people the answer is no. They are still searching just like the rest of us, hoping to find that one thing that fills the emptiness in their heart that they’ve longed for since childhood. There are some who have found the answer, but so many are caught up in trying to stay on top of their skill and keep their fan base and wealth, that they never find the true reward of a loving and gracious God.
How often are we rewarded with something only to find ourselves wanting more down the road? We win at something and cheer, and then, of course, we expect to win again. But when we don’t, all of a sudden life doesn’t seem so fun anymore. God calls us to live our lives in such a way that even if everything were taken away –which does happen to some people– that we would still have God to bring peace, happiness and joy in our lives.
Our life is not meaningless if we are living it for God. Every action we take has a purpose. Some things are meant to bring us closer to God, while others are designed to prepare us for something later in life. Sometimes are actions are meant to be a witness of God’s power and glory to others while other things are just meant to challenge us to grow. When we are able to give God control of all aspects of our lives, there will no longer be that feeling of emptiness inside our hearts. Our life will be complete by just knowing God.