“Meaningless, Meaningless!…Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2
Do you ever feel this way? Apathetic about life because everything is meaningless? I call those times my “Ecclesiastes 1” times. Those days, weeks, even months when nothing seems to matter at all.
If you continue in Ecclesiastes you will find that all our toil is for not. We all die one day, and yet here we go working away, living out the mundane details of life, we strive for whatever the world views as success, and we run ourselves ragged trying to atain things that may or may not be a part of what GOD has for us. Eventually this realization of “meaningless” leads to apathy.
APATHY: one of my least favorite words. One of the most dangerous words for my life. Apathy means if nothing else, the enemy has me standing still. Complacent with the life before me… Unmoving towards the path GOD has placed before me. I get comfortable with where I am, I realize that forward movement really doesn’t mean anything, and I stop. I have been stopped by both apathy and anxiety, and I will tell you: the result of paralyzing anxiety cannot compare with the foul stagnation of apathy.
Apathy keeps us from realizing the potential GOD has placed in all of us. It keeps us from the basic purpose each of us has on this earth: “Fear GOD and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” Ecclesiastes 12:13.
So, whenever you find yourself in the midst of an Ecclesiastes 1 kind of a day, week, or even year, remember that you still have a purpose. It may not be clearly defined; you may not be in tune with what it is, but the purpose is there. Remember on an Ecclesiastes 1 kind of a day that Ecclesiastes 12 is soon to follow. When all seems “utterly meaningless” you must still “fear GOD and keep His commandments.”
You have a purpose in GOD. Take heart, He sees your toil, and in the end, life for Him is the only life lived well.