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Is there a Point?

 

Last week we looked at Ecclesiastes Chapter 1, where 'Qohelet' (the Hebrew word for the "Preacher" in Ecclesiastes 1:1) lamented the pointlessness of finding meaning in life "under the sun" (apart from God). As we read the text you could feel the author's desperation and futility about how meaningless this life is when we leave God out.

To say it in a more modern way, you can hear it summed up by Billy Crystal's character in City Slickers, Mitch Robbins. Mitch has a moment to address the kids in his son's class in a 'bring your dad to school day'. 

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"Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly. When you're a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do. Your twenties are a blur. Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, "What happened to my twenties?" Your forties, you grow a little pot belly you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother. Your fifties you have a minor surgery. You'll call it a procedure, but it's a surgery. Your sixties you have a major surgery, the music is still loud but it doesn't matter because you can't hear it anyway. Seventies, you and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale, you start eating dinner at two, lunch around ten, and breakfast the night before..."

You get the idea.

There has to be more to life than this, right? Isn't there a point to life? Surely the God who created us has not just left us to have a futile existence here in the world He has created!

I have good news for you Sunday, but you can get a preview by reading: Ecclesiastes 2:24-26.

See you Sunday!
-Jim