Many people today are looking for answers to life’s toughest questions: Why am I here? Is this all there is? What’s my purpose in life? When I die, then what? But sadly, many are looking in all the wrong places.
2 Samuel 7 & 8
Answers to Life’s Toughest Questions
Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places
Verses 39-40, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”
The religious leaders studied and debated and memorized the Scriptures, but were blinded to the truths contained in them which pointed to Jesus. Sadly, they didn’t recognize their Messiah when He was right in their midst.
As Americans, we have grown up in a nation where Bibles are everywhere. There is hardly a home without one, yet many of us look for eternal life and the answers to life’s toughest questions everywhere but in the Book of Life!
We try to find eternal life by leaving a legacy or by making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate—both good things to do, but they can’t save us.
Or we seek to live longer and healthier with the help of medical science, as if we can somehow avoid death.
In recent years there even seems to be an upsurge in “spirituality,” as celebrities and common people alike seek peace and answers in Eastern religions, Islam and New Age spirituality, looking everywhere but where truth can be found.
Today’s Other Readings:
2 Samuel 7 & 8
The Goodness of God
Read David’s prayer in chapter 7:
18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? 19 And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O Lord God; and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come. Is this the manner of man, O Lord God?
He understood that God’s favor came only as a result of His mercy and grace and not because of any goodness in himself. What a great example of how we should prayerfully respond to the goodness of God in our lives!
Who Will Know?
“They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they talk of laying snares secretly; they say, ‘Who will see them?'”
The wicked secretly plot evil as if God doesn’t know what they are doing. But God is omniscient. He knows everything that has ever happened, everything that is happening now, and everything that ever will happen.
How do you live? Do you harbor secret sin in your life as if God doesn’t know? Do you excuse it by saying, “It’s no big deal.” “Compared to other people, I’m not so bad.” “Everyone has some shortcomings.” “Who will know?” God knows and He’s calling us to confess and forsake those things that are not pleasing in His sight.
Pride or God’s Grace
Verse 18, “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”
James said that God resists the proud (Jas. 4.6). He sets Himself in battle array against those who behave pridefully or even entertain pride in their hearts. But He gives grace, His undeserved favor, to those who humbly submit to Him and His will for their lives.
What About You? Questions to Ponder or Journal:
As Jesus said the fields really are white for harvest (Jn. 4.35). The question you and I must ask ourselves is, “Will we be laborers in His field by seeking to live our life in ways that will attract others and by patiently sharing the truth with those who are looking for answers everywhere but in the right place?
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