One might suppose that throughout all history, every person, powerful or small, will have wondered about the meaning of his or her life, and whether there is anything more to it than the fleeting pleasures of today. People have always asked:
Who am I? Why was I born?
Does my life have some purpose, great or small?
What is the world all about, and how will I make my way in it?
How did the world come about?
Is there a God? If so what is he or she or it like? Is God a Force or a Being? Unknowable or Personable?
Is there an objective right or wrong? How should I live, and how should I interact with God and with others?
What is morality? Is there such a thing? And should I care?
I want to be in charge of my life and I don’t want anyone else telling me how I should live and what I should do or not do? Does God want to control my life? Does He have a right to do so?
In all ages, human beings have pondered these questions. People of all races, cultures and languages have wondered about the meaning of life. In many times and places, the society and the culture and the nation and the religion of the local area have formed cohesive myth and informed the community standards.
This is still the case, and yet, we have entered an age where peoples all over the world are growing separated from their ethnic roots and social or religious ties. It seems fashionable to question the beliefs of one’s parents, and to no longer allow the culture of their upbringing to hold one back from seeking new ideas and principles and arriving at their own conclusions. Perhaps this globalistic age, linked via the internet, promotes the forming of a mass pop culture across national borders, with common trendy opinions of right and wrong and spiritual expression.
However, it does seem that many of the beliefs and conclusions so many come to today are not really new, but are just reformulated age-old notions, that represent human desire and hopes. In fact, while many modern people say they no longer find any appeal in organized religion, there is an apparent yearning for spirituality and a search for meaning and purpose.
We think the ancient texts of the Old and New Testaments continue to have an appeal in the quest for meaning. Who am I? Why was I born? Does my life have some purpose? Does God Know me personally and care about me? These themes are addressed in these ageless passages. Explore for yourself. Seek His Light.
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Isaiah 55:6-13 (ESV)
NOTE: God has many Names in the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT). The World English Bible and many other translations often use name of God from Hebrew, Yahweh. Other modern translations, like the English Standard Version, will often use the word “LORD” in place of “Yahweh”. God calls Himself “I AM”, and Yahweh can be said to derive from this meaning.
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