We Have Purpose

May 13, 2020

Proverbs 20:5

5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Everybody you know, no matter what they say or claim about the afterlife, God or spirituality, everybody wants a way of life that has meaning, that has significance, and that has purpose.

When it comes to making a choice, you will need to ask whether a choice is rational. This week we’re looking at whether a choice to commit to God is rational?

Every choice we make has two components to it.

I have certain beliefs

I have a purpose, an intention, and a desire.

For example, I’m driving down the freeway and I come to a split and the sign reads Fresno stay right. If I believe that this road will lead me to Fresno, then I need to make a choice to go down that road.

Now if you ask, “Is that a rational, reasonable choice?” then I will have to look at two questions:

Is my belief rational? Is it rational to believe that this road is going to lead to Fresno? Maybe I have been this way before, maybe the GPS is guiding me to take this direction, perhaps I have a good map and that’s the reason I believe this.

Is my purpose rational? Is it ever rational to want to go to Fresno? That’s a whole other subject.

Here’s the thing: Atheism, materialism in general, would say that you can analyze the rationality of someone’s belief. It might be rational; it might be irrational.

But they would say that when it comes to purpose, there is nothing about rationality connected with our purposes. Purposes are not rational or irrational, they’re just whatever anybody wants to do. There’s nothing about the Universe or the nature of reality that says anything about whether one purpose is better, worse, truer, more false than another one.

Materialism says whatever your purpose is—whether it’s greed, pleasure, status, or “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die”—whatever it is, it’s your deal.

But in our hearts, we know better. In our hearts, we know that to give our lives to unworthy causes is not just unsatisfying, it is irrational. It is not fitting. We all know this. What that means is we all know at some level we’re not accidents. We’re made for a purpose. That’s why we have a hunger for it.

The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

I believe that to ask God to help you to know and fulfill your purpose is infinitely wiser, infinitely saner, infinitely more rational than to bet your one and only existence on the notion that the Universe is a random accident that does not care whether you are noble or evil, whether you live or die.

I don’t think to bet your one and only life on the notion that the Universe doesn’t care if you’re good or evil…I don’t think that’s smart.

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