Finding a Reason for Being

John DeJong

READ : Job 6:10-11

For ages people have searched for an answer to the basic “whys” of life. Sometimes the answer is sought in the crucible of desperate experience. Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” is a search that began in the observance of the awful experiences of the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. He discovered that only those who found a reason for living were able to go on. The nature of the reason didn’t matter so much, that there was a reason seemed to be the important thing.

Job in these two verses gives us the three things that sustained him. The first was, “because I have not rejected the words of the Holy One.” Job lived before the Scriptures were given, so he means something other than the Bible. Job trusts in every means, each event, and all experiences in which God speaks in the person of the Holy Spirit.

Secondly, Job depends on strength to “go on hoping.” Thirdly, he considers “what goal do I have that I would want to prolong my life?” Many drift through life meaninglessly or end life prematurely because they have not sought from God these fundamental reasons for living. God is willing to give His real and personal word, a hope and an eternally significant goal to you and me as well.


Holy Spirit, speak an encouraging word to us from the Scriptures, in our prayers, through circumstances and other believers to show us Your purposes and ways. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.