Panacea for Joyless Life

Weekly Digest - Sun, 19 Aug, 2018

Most likely, we all would agree that it is possible for one to have all that the world could offer and yet be joyless and miserable with no clear cut lasting purpose in life. You and I probably know of some people who appear successful in their career, education and married with children, rich/wealthy and famous, very popular and big socialite in the community, and yet are deeply wounded inside them! We hear of billionaires and millionaires who were so depressed and committed suicide. King Solomon of the Bible had everything that money could buy and more all his life including active pursuit of pleasure. Toward the end of his life, after all was said and done, he described riches, labors, human wisdom, pleasure and possessions as folly and unfulfilling. He ran a refrain again and again that vanity upon vanity, all is vanity without reference to God factor (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2, 14, 18; 2:1-2, 17; 4:8, etc.). Hence, Solomon strongly advised the humanity thus: “Remember also you Creator in the days of your youth; before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them…. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything that is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (Eccl. 12:1, 13-14)

                The coming of Jesus Christ, God’s Son into the world some 2000 years ago was to give us joy by showing us the way to real life. He said, “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers . . . The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy: I come that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:8-10). Knowing the miserable and joyless plight of the sinful humanity, Jesus invites all of us to Himself as follows: “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:27-30).

                Yes, Jesus is the panacea for joyless and miserable life. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). In case you have it all, but still are miserable, depressed, no purpose, and joyless! Jesus beckons to you for a real life that is joyful and abundant.                                                                                                               – Dr. Johnson Omoni