Have you ever felt as though you were stuck in a rut? You know that feeling where you have reached the point of being tired of being tired. You feel drained, stagnated and completely worn out.
I believe everyone experiences at least a moment of what I just described.
If you are affected by a mood disorder such as anxiety, bipolar or depression, then unfortunately, you know all too well what I have described.
It can be very challenging trying to balance everyday living while living with a thorn that constantly reminds you how hard it can be just to get your day started.
The battle can become so overwhelming that it makes you wonder: “Is there really any meaning to life at all?”
Well, I don’t know if this will help you feel any better. But did you know the wisest man had to combat that same ideology? King Solomon, son of David, wrote an entire book about how meaningless life is. It is called Ecclesiastes.
The first chapter of the book declares, “Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (1:2, NIV).
If a man considered to be the wisest of his time felt that life was meaningless at some point in his life, what does that say about life itself and man or woman in general?
Solomon continued his logical rant throughout the book of Ecclesiastes. As someone who ruled a nation and therefore, experienced many of life triumphs and tragedies he had a great perspective on life. He saw how each day seem to repetitiously repeat itself; the sun rising and setting, the flow of the sea, laboring, eating and sleeping, etc.
His pondering led him to declare that it all seemed like a mere “chasing after the wind” (v14c).
When you are struggling to start your day, balancing family and work, and finding it difficult to take care of your basic necessities of life, it can feel as though you are chasing after the wind. Do you know of anyone who has ever caught up to the wind?
Neither do I.
Chasing after something that you will never catch can make it seem meaningless. Especially when you are chasing after the wrong thing. Recently, when I found myself becoming overwhelmed and overtly discouraged about things in my life, God had to remind me that I was chasing after the wrong things.
Sometimes we are ‘chasing’ after things that we desire or even need. But our ‘chasing’ can be in the form of distractions or taking the initiative to do things to better our lives. But we can become so exhausted by doing what we think is the right thing for our situation.
This is when we have to take the time to be still. It is easy to become entangled in our problems and the dishearten task of trying to solve them. But this demand that we place on ourselves clouds our focus and judgment, effecting our ability to make healthy decisions and our perspective on the temporary situation.
Life seems meaningless when we have disconnected God from it. God is the giver of life and it is God who orchestrates our lives with a purpose.
What did the great wise man conclude in this matter?
That we all have a common destiny. And that God is in control of it all.
“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (13b-14).
Take a break from the daily routine you have created and intentionally include God in it. Chase after Him by making Him the core and highlight of your day. Allow God to restore your hope. He will show you that there is a special meaning to your life!