“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
We are eternal beings, given life on this earth as only the beginning of a beautiful eternal journey with our Lord.
As I thought about Solomon’s despair over the deeper questions of life and death, I realized that we have freedom from this fear. In fact, Solomon’s conclusion to his quest is the very thing that can motivate us and gives us purpose! Jesus enlightens us to see that our purpose and fulfillment are not found in earthly treasures, but in eternal gain.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
When we go through suffering, we can feel life is meaningless. Why do I need to be in such pain? When will this stop? I am tired of this trial! I want it to end! I feel useless. What is the point of it all? Do you struggle with some of these thoughts?
A Moment to reflect:
In the midst of suffering you've experienced (or are currently), what are the thoughts you tend to struggle with?
How does the revelation from Jesus about eternal gain over earthly treasure speak to your heart today? Does it comfort you, confuse you, convict you, encourage you, etc.?
Take some time to look up some Scripture verses that speak to your answer to question 1. Pray and meditate on those this week, invite the Lord to speak to your heart and mind.
By Sue Corl - an excerpt from For Such A Time As This: Walking Through Crisis
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