Answer to our Problem
The other day I was searching the bookshelf for which book I should read next. I decided to give The New Answers by Ken Ham a try. It’s an apologetic book from a strict biblical view on scientific and historical beliefs. There’s a something about theology and apologetics that is intriguing, fascinating, exciting, and endlessly frustrating. If there’s one thing that I have found out about being a Christian, and allowing God to be in control, is that there are a lot of big questions in life with no answers…at least for a time being. That’s why it’s important to have beliefs rooted in faith and trust rather than answers. I think Ecclesiastes knew this well.
I probably identify with Ecclesiastes more than any other book in the Bible. I spend a lot of time in my head. I am constantly observing and assessing things around me and my thoughts within me. I try to objectively look at all those things, around me and my thoughts within me. I try to objectively look at all those things, categorize and sort them out in an effort to find the wisest and most truthful deduction to a question or situation. The irony in all this is that I’m taking a very complicated approach to simplifying things. Ecclesiastes spent his time gaining wisdom and searching for answers to complexities of existence and and came up with what seems to be the motto of his book. Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless! After everything he had been through, seen, and pondered, he didn’t find answers in this world. He didn’t find meaning in the world. THAT is the answer! Stop looking in this world and open your eyes to something beyond it. Jesus Christ may not give you all the answers, but He certainly is the only answer that matters, and He definitely gives a whole new meaning to an otherwise meaningless life. Understand who Jesus is and what He represents is the wisdom of God, an answer not of ourselves. Through Him, everything has purpose and nothing is wasted. He is the origination and end result of all things. He truly is a wondrous mystery. Every believer that witnessed Jesus on the cross dying saw that Jesus wan’t so much the answer they wanted, but what they got was so much more than that. Ephesians 3:19 “and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Maybe there is something in life that you don’t understand, and you don’t want to trust God until you know. It’s important to know that you may never know. Maybe you wonder why you don’t have something better in life or at least provided a better way to get where you want to be. Once again it’s important to know that you may never know, because this type of worldly thinking only gets us so far. That’s no reason to stop trying, stop believing, and stop praising. Live and enjoy the here and now. Embrace the situation or circumstance you’re in as imperfect as it may be, or you’re in as imperfect as it may be, or you’re going to miss something important. Our individual purposes and deep desires of our heart are there for good reason, but the path is usually never what we expected. I’m reminded of Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 where he describes his many sufferings. Paul had a purpose and gift to preach the Gospel, and he did it through all of his immense trials. His circumstances never changed the focus of what he was reborn in Christ to do. Also, coincidentally, our purposes and gifts are what make us feel joy and more alive! Then what better time to THRIVE than when life isn’t going so well? Besides living in reverence for God, Ecclesiastes had another conclusion to life. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 “I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and enjoy the good of all his labor-it is the gift of God.” In other words – MAKE THE MOST OF IT!
So, back to the beginning, I started reading a chapter in my book. As I read about all the “concrete facts”, explanations, and arguments in order to know all the answers, I let out a tired sigh. Needless to say, I put the book back on the shelf…maybe some other day. I don’t think I need all the answers right now. I don’t need to know why. Instead, I feel like living. I feel like doing something. What about you?