Four- year-old children can really get to the heart of a matter, right down to a subatomic level.
Ever had a conversation similar to this one?
Little Jenny (LJ): What’s that?
You: Blood pressure monitor.
LJ: What does it do?
You: Measures my blood pressure, and tells me if my heart is working too fast or too slowly.
You: Because I need to know how my heart is working, so I can make healthy choices.
You: Because I have made poor choices in the past that now put me at a higher risk of my heart wearing out.
This can go on as long as a PhD Atomic Physicist is willing to engage, right?
Our FCBC Adult Sunday School class has been studying Ecclesiastes, the book in the Bible which recounts King Solomon’s journey to find out “why” – what is the meaning of life? He was the wisest and wealthiest of men. Every show on HGTV could be supported by some aspect of King Solomon’s efforts: he landscaped, gardened, built cities, remodeled, and had numerous wives, (OK, in the hundreds, but it was the times…and not necessarily recommended even back then…)
Just like Solomon, we can keep striving for accomplishments and experiences in our lives here under the sun, on earth. Like the four-year-old, we can keep asking “why”, ad infinitum. Perhaps, in all his striving, Solomon wasn’t necessarily looking for the Dictionary.com definition of “life” (the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally), but rather to answer the question of “why life” in the first place? Solomon points out there is a time and season for everything here on earth under the sun, but he still wondered…..”why”?
What did he find out? We are here to enjoy ourselves and God’s creation while we are here, with a healthy respect for God’s instructions on living a healthy life, and a respect for the universal laws of sowing and reaping that God has set up. Honor God while living our lives during our short time here on this earth. “Earth time” is our chance to get right with God, for acceptance into his eternal presence.
Solomon figured this out:
“…[T]he conclusion of the matter is this: fear (approach in reverential awe) God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil”. Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14.
We will be judged by God for our acts. Think about yours, “every hidden thing”. That’s why we need Jesus to step in and be our advocate before the God of the Universe, because you and I know we have no hope of meeting God on our own.
Keep seeking and striving to find out more about Jesus, why He came to earth, died on a cross, was resurrected, and now advocates before God the Father for our very souls.
When you get to the heart of the matter, Jesus provides meaning, peace, and purpose for our lives here under the sun.
Jesus is like the blood pressure monitor, and we measure our hearts toward God through our relationship with Jesus.
Come join us for study at Foothills Community Baptist Church and let’s find out “why” together!
God Bless You! See you Sunday!