2013-02-07 What is the point of it all?

Q: I have been a christian for about 20 years, and for all that time I have been involved in some way in the work of God, although not full time. I have tried to always live in the will of God and have seen Him move in such wonderful ways in my life and other peoples’ lives. In the same vein I have also seen nothing happen when I have prayed to Him concerning important things over the course of my life.

Lately, I have been asking my self the question: WHAT IS THE POINT OF IT ALL?!!!

I mean what is the point of our existence (and I know you are going to say to glorify God), but that doesn’t take away from the futility of this existence. I mean, we live, work, go to church, go on holidays, have families etc….but it is all so unfulfilling and mundane. We live just like the non christian, and we go through the same triumphs and failures as they do. So what’s the point if we are going to experience the same highs and lows as everybody else?…and when we pray, more often nothing happens.

But wasn’t grace supposed to make things easier? I mean, no striving, just believing…and then we are told just trust God and He will come through and God’s ways are higher than our ways, and every other scriptural cliche out there…and the kicker is, although we have all this promises, we must be mindful that they might NOT come to pass and we should just smile and wave at them from afar and accept it; which really does nothing at the end of the day.

So, my question is WHAT IS THE POINT OF IT ALL?!!!

RESPONSE:
Thank you for a really honest appraisal of the discouragement and perhaps even depression that you have been experiencing. Most believers will never admit to the reality of the discouragement that they feel at times. And we certainly cannot explain why it is that, at times, God does not come through for us when we want answers and solutions when we cry out to Him. A case in point is the issue of healing.
Why doesn’t God alsways answer? In Hebrews 11, we read of the accounts of many who, by faith and perseverence, saw amazing breakthroughs despite really tough situations and yet there were others who never received what was promised. “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what was promised. God planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect” (v39,40). Jesus assured us that in the world we would have tribulation. We simply do not get to understand why God seems to be silent at times.

Shouldn’t my life be different? Yes it should be radically different. When we are born again, everything changes. We experience peace and joy we never knew before. When we lose this experience we must go back to Him for refuelling. As we spend time in His presence regularly our spirits are lifted again.

“What’s the purpose of it all?” We are saved for a purpose and its not that life will become easier for us because we find the keys for living successfully, although there are tangible and immediate benefits to adjusting to a kingdom lifestyle but the purpose is missional. We are saved to be sent and finding where we fit into the “go and make disciples” mandate. Its only when we are involved in this calling that we find purpose in our lives, otherwise we do indeed waste our lives. Many believers struggle to find what it is God has called them to and when we get side tracked by other temporary interests which are not necessarily wrong but not missional we are not fulfilled. Nothing is more fulfilling than when we are involved in our true calling.

It may be a journey for you to recapture the dreams that God once put inside of you but I would really encourage you to arrange to meet with one of the elders to chat this through. We would love the opportunity to pray with you and encourage you.
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HERE is a letter from one of the pastors who has personally experienced similar feelings and how they overcame:

Dear Friend
I honestly believe that God wants us to live lives that are full of peace and joy. God is a God of hope and comfort and if you find yourself in a hard place now or even for the past 20 years it is still possible for that to change.
I can share with you from my own experience, I know what it is like to sink into a dark pit and feel desperate, we can identify with Psalm 88 and Psalm 143 (two verses below):

3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in darkness
like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.

It’s a very hard place to be and whether it lasts a few weeks / months / years it is still just as difficult but I assure you that it is possible to get out of this place – I call it a dark pit because that is what it felt like to me. It’s the enemy who lies to us and tries to make us believe that there is no better life. Add to that a few unanswered prayers and we start to live in this lie and sink into the dark pit where it seems there is no point to life.

I used the Word of God to help me climb out of the pit – it was a slow process – I never woke up the next day and suddenly all was well, it took me 10 months to slowly climb out of the pit, day by day, step by step and I discovered that the Word of God is as powerful as the Bible says and it is truly “living and active”. It’s been several years and I am still living in victory and enjoying every moment! I want to encourage you and give you hope, despite your unanswered prayers God has amazing things in store for you.
Here are 3 simple but profound things that I did to get out of the pit. I found a verse in the Bible that was the truth / the answer / the solution for the personal “hell” I was going through. Then every day, sometimes many times a day when it seemed unbearable, I would do these 3 things:
• Quote / read the verse
• Declare the verse
• Pray the verse

1. Quote the verse just like Jesus did; say:
“It is written…” and say it with authority, you have the backing of Almighty God – the creator of the universe, then personalise it into the first person “I”. This builds your own faith (Rom 10:17). Say it out loud if possible or in your heart if you are unable to speak out loud at that time. Repeat it as many times as you need to. Let faith start rising up in your heart. Let the truth and power of the word of God start to speak to your spirit. Even if you don’t “feel” any different continue in faith.

2. Declare the verse. Start with “therefore” and declare that you, your life, your situation will come in line with the word of God. Declare to your body, mind and spirit, declare to God, declare to the enemy, that you will do what God’s word says.

3. Pray the verse in faith, giving thanks to God for helping you overcome that thing.
Examples:
PEACE (John 14:27)

Quote it:
 It is written…Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…”

Declare it:
 Therefore I receive the peace of Jesus.

Pray it:
 Thank you Father for the peace of Jesus. I receive it now. Let His peace wash over me, waves of peace, wash over me and fill my soul.
ABUNDANCE (John 10:10)

Quote it:
 It is written…Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Declare it:
 Therefore I receive this abundant life from Jesus.
Pray it:
Thank you Father for the abundant life you have promised through Jesus. I open up my heart and my mind, my home, my marriage and my finances to receive this abundant life in the name of Jesus.
You may need to repeat this day in and day out until it takes root in your spirit and the freedom / victory comes.
At times it may feel like you will never overcome but God’s word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). He watches over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12) and His word will never return void it will accomplish what He has promised to do (Isaiah 55:11).

I hope this helps.
Blessings.