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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?

Job Had Problems

Job was a man with problems. That’s an understatement; Job was a man who had literally lost everything. He not only lost his physical empire, he lost the power, prestige and security which came with it. He not only lost his wife and children, but their love and companionship. The friends he had left could hardly be called “friends.” They nagged at him to “curse God and die.”
Every one of us has lost something dear to us. We may be tempted to follow Job’s friends’ advice and curse God. There was a time when I blamed God for my problems; after all He is the one who made me fat and ugly and therefore, unlovable.
The one thing that Job did not lose was the main thing that I had lost: trust in God.
“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21 NIV) Job lost everything of earthly value, yet he praised the Lord. Verse 22 says, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Beyond the abundance of what he once had, Job remained faithful and trusting, even into the ashes of despair.
I was in the valley of despair because I did not trust God. I looked for human values to validate my worth. When I believed God that He (the creator of all) loved me (the least of all) then I began to see who He wanted me to be. No matter what calamity you face the first step to recovery is to praise God.

Are you looking to the world or to God for your value and purpose in this life?