In my last post I explored how the Biblical account of creation offers a solid foundation for understanding your purpose for existence. I argued, briefly, that if there is a Creator then there is a a cohesive design for the universe. All is intentional. But if there is no creator, if this world is a random and mathematically impossible accident, then there is no ultimate purpose, plan or moral standard. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow is pointless anyway…
Most people can’t answer these questions with any degree of certainty - which is really a problem. How can a question that basic to your day-to-day existence be neglected? Answer: We’re just too distracted to care. It’s on the deathbed that many panic at the sharp reality of this unexplored mystery. We graze like cattle on pleasure, work, ambition, until years pass by, the purpose of it all being still just as mysterious.
It haunts others. By God’s grace, it has haunted me since college. I was on the way to getting my degree, a job, a spouse, and a reputation. But for what? What ultimate reason was there for my ambition? As Socrates says, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Let’s examine.
Gathering men, I’m very thankful for you. You are my brothers in arms in the battle against this present darkness (Eph. 6:12).
Some of that darkness that is present right now is that we are living in an age of apathy and busyness as men. We can be involved in a hundred different things at one time (busyness), and yet be deeply distracted and indifferent about things that matter imminently (apathy).
"You either shout for justice into the darkness of an indifferent universe or you shout to a God who can do something about it.
So will God do something about it? Has he ever come down here and gotten dirty with the rest of us? Is he acquainted with grief like we are?
There is one God who has and who is."
“What a man is alone on his knees before God, that he is, and no more.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Prayer: What is it exactly? Is it only for the super religious? Do you have to change your voice to sound holy and serious for your prayer to be heard? Is God withholding good from us until we pray?
We’ll seek to answer these questions and more during this series, but one thing is for certain: Intimacy with God is directly related to your life of prayer.