Meat for Starved Souls

Friday, October 20, 2017

Key Bible Verse: You feed [all humanity] from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. (Psalm 36:8)

Dig Deeper: 

In graduate school I majored in both theology and philosophy and immersed myself in the writings of everyone from Nietzsche and Heidegger to Foucault and Derrida. In their own ways, these thinkers were questioning the foundations of everything and leading me to reconsider so much of what I had taken for granted — even basic concepts like good and evil, reality and perception, motive and behaviour.

In my confusion, wrestling with feelings of meaninglessness and purpose, trying to find my way in the world, I opened Ecclesiastes and it was like a healing ointment. Here was someone facing the harsh [realities] of life bluntly, profoundly, and honestly, even if at times confusingly. This wasn’t a message that life was all lollipops and rainbows; this was straightforward, from-the-gut, well-seasoned meat for a starving soul. Solomon brings no illusions to the harsh [realities] of life. He delivers truth with a blow that God ultimately used to save me a lot of years of wandering.

What Ecclesiastes shows us so powerfully is that if we take our eyes off God, eventually things begin to wither in our lives. But when we say yes to him and live in his yes to us, we experience revitalization.

– Jud Wilhite in The God of Yes

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