The Quest for Meaning


“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

Some frustrated individuals have argued that life does not necessarily have to be coherent. Higher meaning might not be ascribed to life, some suppose, because they are not sure of a Supreme Being. Others think life is an event that is undergoing natural processes of birth, procreation and death. Several others who pursue purposeful life are not grounded in it.

The truth, however, remains that purpose is not found in talents but only in God.

God has never left us without evidence of His love and closeness. If you want to be sincere with yourself, there is a yearning in your heart for a meaningful living. You feel like you are more than you appear. There’s an inexplicably deep question in forms of quests and longings for a life higher than yourself. The Bible describes this longing as Hunger and Thirst.

This emptiness is so apparent that man looks everywhere for associations, philosophies, ideologies and meditations to fill it. Of course, it has been said that there is no vacuum in nature – the deepest sense of fulfillment or worthlessness in an individual is a proof, beyond scientific facts, that there’s a higher life within us which an electron microscope is incapable of fingerprinting. The full expression of this ‘life within’ is found in God.

Every man volubly hungers and thirsts for this higher and worthy meaning to life. Nobody wants to live a nebulously incoherent life. You have only one life to live which you must not gamble with.

How does one live an impressively fulfilled life? Is it possible to knock out the idea of God and go on to fulfillment anyway? Are there sure recipes to purpose in philosophy and intellectualism? Could the Creator God be a doodling craftsman or does He have an end in mind for creating every man?

Have you ever found yourself trying to figure out something new without making use of the manufacturer’s manual? Sometimes you sweat profusely with some puzzles because you don’t understand how it works or you don’t have the key that unlocks it. God has the key to unlock everybody’s essence in life; all we need to do is to be reconciled with Him. He that necessitates your existence invariably mandates your essence. The Lord Jesus said that He’s the very sustenance your soul has been panting and searching for. He’s the bread and water that produces life everlasting. The right measure of life is in doing what you’re born to do. This can be understood by coming to and establishing a relationship with God. When you come to God, you become a partaker of divine nature to do what God wants you do – serving the purpose of God in your generation before you go to the grave.

There are four (4) basic pursuits summarily identified as sources of glory/pride and proofs of fulfillment in a man’s life. You and I devote our entire lives in the pursuit of the same. We wake up early and go to bed late. These pursuits occupy our thinking and encapsulate our all. They make us strugglers on earth where God created us as Dominions and Powers to reign. Nothing is bad in these things by themselves. However, in the final analysis, the first three (3) hold no excellent glory and true fulfillment. God spoke through Jeremiah the prophet to list these four things to His people with emphasis on the last but most paramount one. They include:

1. Wisdom/Knowledge

2. Power/Authority/Position

3. Wealth/Riches

4. God

(Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Every single pursuit of ours is toward one or more of these. Your struggles and my struggles are possibly for knowledge or wealth or authority or God. Abraham was exceedingly wealthy, famous, and powerful; yet God said He was Abraham’s portion and great reward on earth. Abraham was not permitted to glory in plenteous riches, a faithful wife, or children like stars, and properties uncountable. He was permitted to boast only in God.

Therefore, get knowledge, wisdom, power and wealth for the glory of God.

The only thing, overall, that can satisfy your wittily abstruse and divinely mysterious longing is GOD Himself.


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Yemi Adekunle

Yemi Adekunle is a teacher and a prolific writer who is passionate for purposeful living and excellence. He shares biblical inspirational insights with youths and goal-driven individuals. He has earned a degree from the Nation's Premier University, University of Ibadan where he graduated with distinction in Pharmacy. Yemi also keeps a watchful eye on humanitarian needs, community development and youth work through a non-profit organization where he serves as a project coordinator

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