What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the purpose of life? I always laugh when I see the cartoon characters climbing to the top of a mountain peak in search of the elusive guru who has the answer. The answer is actually easier to find than the physically exhaustive hike to cold, wind-blown mountain tops. All you need is your fingers to do the walking, though it’s not exactly in the “yellow pages,” but through the pages of the greatest story ever told: the Bible.

The Bible teaches the purpose of the created (us) is decided by the creator (God). He shaped us according to His purpose, which is to bring Him pleasure. “The Lord delights in those who fear him and put their hope in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11 NIV) “He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV) This verse reminds me of a time recently when I rocked my little grandson who was upset. I gently patted his back while quietly singing to him. It wasn’t long before he was off playing again.

Just like a parent, or grandparent in my case, God is happy when you are safely trusting in His care. When I held my grandson, my heart delighted in just being with him. I think that is the way God feels about us. We make Him happy by loving Him and spending time with Him. That is what our purpose in life is; to praise and honor God. So as long as we have breath we have a purpose.

How do you spend time with God that gives you a feeling of purpose or delight?