“So I became greater than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. And with it all, I remained clear-eyed so I could evaluate all of these things.”
~ King Solomon| Ecclesiastes 2:9 (NLT)
What’s really going on?
COVID sure has thrown the world for a loop. Shutdowns, deaths, job losses, panic, anxiety…have you ever felt such a sense of being out of control? These sorts of things aren’t supposed to happen in our modern day! Our minds race to look for causes. We seek answers, as if there is deep seated question inside of us: “There must be more going on than meets the eye, what is it?” As a result, conspiracy theories abound. What is real and not? No wonder so many are stressed out. In the midst, what are we to do?
When in the middle of a storm, it’s hard not to feel lost.
The onset of this COVID crisis actually gives us an opportunity for fresh perspective, to look at things with clear eyes, in hope to see things we were not seeing before; in hope to know what to do in the midst as we seek to find meaning.
I love how King Solomon was able to remain clear-eyed as he lived out his lavish life, testing the limits of pleasure, wine, women, song, and success. Perhaps surprised, he found every path led to a dead end. His conclusion,
“I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.”
King Solomon| Ecclesiastes 1:14 (NLT)
King Solomon, the wisest man ever, while clear-eyed, realized that all the world presents is meaningless. (What’s ironic is that while in the midst of living, all this stuff still seems to mean everything to us.) Solomon gives us an important perspective by referring to everything he experimented with as “under the sun”. In other words, what we see is not everything, COVID included.
Clear-eyed perspective is needed on our part.
Pre-COVID, many of us were going busily about, living our lives. Yes, we’d experienced problems here and there, now and then, but we felt secure in life’s predictability. “Bumpy, but hey, that’s life, right? It’s been this way from the time I was born.” But what if this wasn’t the whole picture? Our sense of security and predictability misplaced, have we anchored ourselves to a moving reference point? Therefore, silencing the voice of that deep seated question that asks “what else could be going on?” The byproduct of this is feeling lost in a meaningless life… have you felt this? Now, with the foundations of the world reeling, the question comes alive in us… a good question to answer while remaining clear-eyed and one that leads to finding a life of meaning.
Solomon, referring to “under the sun”, opens us to a higher perspective, distinguishing the worldly and spiritual realms. Emersed in the finite physical, we seem to forget that all (including you), are encompassed in the infinite spiritual.
When you see what really going on, it will change what you do.
This is no conspiracy theory. If the earth and all within is everything, there is no need for a God, end of story. A dead end just as Solomon found. Accepting God’s existence changes everything and God makes minces no words as he informs us of everything that’s beyond. Scripture is full of angels, supernatural miracles and perplexing talk about us being foreigners here on earth:
“They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:13-16 (NLT)
Ever wonder… if we’re foreigners here, how’d we get here and who’s land is it? Is the land baron a friendly sort? Seems that we were born behind enemy lines….
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
The Apostle Paul| Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
Though Jesus has overcome the world, our enemy still lurks, seeking to destroy us. He is the master of deception… the greatest being that what our eyes see is all there is, that our lives are little, insignificant. His deception begins as soon as we are born. He uses the world to make us forget that we are foreigners here, born behind enemy lines into an epic battle, a battle for your life.
Stop and consider the implications…
Now, as you see things happen around you, you can see greater origins. When questions arise about what to do with your life, you have a new perspective. Imagine Seal Team 6, sent behind enemy lines to accomplish a great mission. God has you here, right now, for such a mission. Perhaps this COVID crisis gives you the impetus to figure it out?
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