Life is Meaningless without God
I had planned to use Solomon’s words in the first chapter of Ecclesiastes to illustrate this topic, but don’t need to use Solomon’s life: because my early life is an excellent example of the futility of life without God. I remember that I lived from day to day with no purpose or goal. Perhaps as a child, as long as I had two parents to love me, a roof over my head, and plenty to eat, I was fairly satisfied. But when I graduated from high school my outlook on life changed.
I remember the night after graduation in 1936, while returning home a feeling of futility overshadowed my future. That was during the depression and few graduates in my area would be privileged to attend college; so about all I could envision were more years of getting up early and working all day on the farm. For about the only choices a girl had was to continue working on the farm or get married, and I had no prospects for marriage! In fact, being the eldest child of ten, and seeing our mother labor so hard, I decided I’d never marry and have a house full of children!
Life continued about as usual until 1938, when I did get married; however, life still was difficult. My husband worked hard, but made little money and we existed from day to day with no goals in life. After almost seventy-eight years, as I look back on those days, I might be sad, but now know that God had a purpose for my life and would intervene. But that will be another devotional.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your abundant grace that rescued a sinful young woman with no purpose in life, and at age ninety-nine continue using her in your service. What an awesome God I serve! But since Jesus made the difference, I praise You in His blessed name. Amen.