By Alan Bailey
ALL OF US are working and playing our way through life. But after all the perspiration and the parties, the question emerges, “What’s the point?”
It isn’t talked about much, but in quiet moments we can be engulfed by a feeling of emptiness. The big event we looked forward to has come and gone and a mess has to be cleaned up. Even achieving an important goal can leave a feeling of anti-climax. Simply pushing on without obvious meaning and purpose seems to be all we can do.
A sad song from the 1970s said: But love will last and last for just a day; Youth will bloom and then be blown away; Worlds will come and worlds will go; So what’s the point of this passing show?
Are there any answers?
On a bench in a Berlin park, a man sat deep in thought. It was the German philosopher, Schopenhauer. A nearby attendant, wondering if he was planning something sinister, asked him who he was. “I wish to God I knew” was the reply. If we ask ‘what’s the point?’ we need to ask three other questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?
There are those who deny the validity of these questions. They say that we are simply animals that came about by accident. No one intended us; all is mindless. So, meaning and purpose are impossible. You may answer the three questions any way you wish. But you will not avoid emptiness.
We are not alone
If God is there and has spoken, some big problems can be solved. The great way He has spoken is through Jesus Christ, God the Son. He cannot be explained away as just another human being, making His own guesses, because the miracles He did verified who He was.
Jesus is unique in every way and His answers to the questions are a God-send. His answer to question one is we are designed by God and thus have significance. Two: our purpose here is to find God through creation and His Word and to live for His honour and glory. Three: we are all going into eternity, some to joy, some to pain. Our choices are significant, our responsibility is huge. Our opportunity to respond to God is now.
“Turn to the Lord and pray to Him now that He is near,” says the Bible in Isaiah chapter 55, verses 6 and 7. “Let the wicked leave their way of life and change their way of thinking. Let them turn to the Lord our God; He is merciful and quick to forgive.” •