Sooner or later everyone wrestles through the truth about meaning, purpose, value, and love. But how important is such a pursuit?
Years ago, in a small northern town, I followed the construction of a four car garage. The completed project looked great. I was envious as I had to work on my own vehicles outside, rain or shine. However, it was not long before the garage began to sink, sag, break, and fall apart! Confused by the quick dilapidation, I talked with another who had tracked the project and wondered the same thing. Going over to have a look, he discovered that the structure had been built on cinder blocks on top of the ground! It had no foundation! It was a nice garage ruined, and it was eventually removed.
Our lives are like this garage. So if we’re to face life with confidence we must carefully discern what makes for a sure footing.
Consider the simple, yet profound, declaration of Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” But how does this help our search?
One prominent philosopher wrote: “If there is no God, then meaning, value, and purpose are ultimately human illusions. They’re just in our heads.” (William Lane Craig, On Guard, 30.)
The bottom line is that a universe like ours—one of meaning, purpose, value, with self-conscious creatures like us who have a capacity and need for love—can’t be explained apart from God. Sheer evolutionary processes and forces will not produce creatures like us and a world like ours. Believing such is like building a nice house without a foundation.
God is that solid footing we need (Romans 11:36, Matthew 7:24-27). Yet, to benefit, we must personally know God as our Shepherd and Overseer (1 Peter 1:25).
It is my delight to share with you that the God of Genesis 1:1 is who we meet in Jesus Christ. In John 3:16 Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The eternal life of which Jesus spoke is what it means to know God (John 17:3).
If you are struggling with where to find real love, purpose, and meaning then consider exploring further what the Gospel of Jesus is and what it can mean for your life.