By Phoebe Khor, Malaysia
Have you ever thought about what is life all about?
You came into this earth as a baby. As you grow up, you acquire knowledge and you study hard. You try to get good grades, so that you could enter a good university. After studying, you hope to get a good job and earn good money. In a few years’ time, you plan to settle down and have a family. Then when you are old, you just die. If that’s all there is to life, doesn’t it strike you that life is actually quite meaningless?
Throughout its entire course, we are constantly pursuing various goals—fame, power, beauty, money, and the list goes on. However, even if you come to a place where your hard work has earned you the rank as the top millionaire in the world, and you are leading a luxurious life, surrounded by wonderful family and friends, one day all these will to naught when you are in your grave.
Life is fleeting. We, human beings, are “like grass that springs up in the morning. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered” (Psalm 90:5-6 NLT). We are made from dust and we return back to dust when we die.
Having said that, it is not by coincidence that we exist. And it is not by our strength or by our abilities that we got rich, smart, or famous. We think that we control the reins of our lives and the things that happen around us, but we are wrong.
God is the One who controls our lives. He is the One who decides the course of our life. He is the One who created the universe and set everything in its place. He is the One who made you and me. Compared to Him, we are nothing. When we speak, only words come out; when God speaks, worlds come into existence.
God made us to have fellowship with Him. We were made perfect. But the first man and woman disobeyed God, and since then sin marred humanity. We are separated from Him. However, He loves us—the creation that He made in His image and considered “very good” among all other creations. He loves us so much that He came to die for us that we could be reconciled to Him. He wants us that much.
The culture and society we live in today focuses on the here and now. It takes our mind off God. It gets us so caught up with the happenings, pleasures, and achievements of the earthly life that we seldom think about the real purpose why we are where we are—that is to live for Him and to accomplish His purposes for our lives.
If we stop and view the earthly life as temporary and given by God, we will realize that everything we are and have is due to the undeserved love of God for us. Every breath we take is a sign of His patience. Every second we are safe and unharmed is a gift of His grace. Every achievement we make is His blessing over our lives. Every morning we open our eyes is a new chance God has given us—a chance to turn away from our sins and to live in His light and grace.
So, stop living this life for yourself. Live your life for your Maker, staying in His light. It would add purpose and meaning to your life.