Even as I typed that I wondered if I could get away with it. While many will check the bottom line first to see if they want to read something I didn’t want to be dishonest. However I also didn’t want to give away the bottom line too quickly. I am still wondering how I could achieve that. Oh well! let’s just get honest. If you were asked what would give you the most possible satisfaction of life just what would your answer be? After all that’s what most people are looking for these days – the best part of life, all the joy possible rolled up into one ball just the right size to hold in one hand.
Unfortunately life was not created to begin with all the answers; it was to be a learning cycle beginning with birth and ending with one’s last breath. Hopefully it can be said as one is laid to rest that he had a good life and that he accomplished all that he was created for. Many of you know that I love jigsaw puzzles. They are always a challenge that gives me the opportunity to sharpen my mind, see with my eyes and feel the satisfaction of finishing something well. Do you ever wish that all of life could be that way? Maybe you should spend just a little time chewing on that – I have.
If you are at a point where you can look back on your life you won’t have any trouble seeing how things could have been so much different if we had stayed on the path we were created for. Life began just as a jigsaw puzzle and unfortunately for all of us the pieces were scattered rather than coming together as they should. That’s not to say that life would have ever been easy as there is unending wisdom to be gained, but maybe we would have had a better chance of getting there if we had taken the right path.
However, God is always good and because of His great love for us He also gave us our answer. It is found in the book of Genesis – Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever - (3:22). As we look backward over the ups and downs of life we can see that more often than not we have taken detours, just to see what things are over the next hill. Can you truthfully say that these peeks have given you the satisfaction that you desire?
We all think we should have second chances and so our God gave us one – His only begotten Son. Has it made any noticeable difference in our lives or have we still ended up in a pit that is too hard for us to get out of without help? The book of Proverbs written by Solomon and other wise men of the day tells us for whoever finds me finds life (8:35). If you notice that “me” is not capitalized and choose to question it J. Vernon McGee tells us in his commentaries that “wisdom is Christ”. Luke reminds us that life is more than food (12:23) and John tells us It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing (6:63).
As hard as life today is you would think that we would all recognize that we need help and it is not something you can go to the local market and buy. Why do you think it is so hard for us to accept the help that we will always need? I’m sure you remember the days when your parents reminded you that your favorite expression was – I can do it myself. Well, friends, those days are long behind us and most of us have learned that we simply cannot do it ourselves. Let’s drop pride as a foolish issue and be grateful that we have an option, one granted to us by the Creator who loves us more than we can possibly fathom.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine;
You make me happy when skies are gray.
You’ll never know, Lord, how much I love you;
Please don’t take my sunshine away.