I was very moved as well by Stuart Rothberg’s testimony on Sunday. His story was one of a man desperately seeking life everywhere but Jesus. He sought life through education and degrees…nothing…He sought life in finding a girl….nothing….He sought life in pleasure and alcohol….still nothing….He sought life in a yoga commune….empty and nothing. He searched and searched and searched and discovered, like Solomon, that it was just like ‘chasing the wind’.
Ecclesiastes is a poweful book that traces the quest of Solomon to try and find meaning in life and something to truly satisfy his wandering heart. He was a king, and so he had the resources to exhaust every option from pleasure to work to accomplishments to women and on and on. Check out his conclusion here in Chapter 2 that says, ’10 Anything I wanted, I took. I did not restrain myself from any joy. I even found great pleasure in hard work, an additional reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless. It was like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.’
Stuart’s testimony that parallels Solomon’s reminded me that we truly have a ‘God-shaped’ void in our life that can ONLY be filled by Jesus Christ. Finally, one day, Stuart met a Christian that he truly saw something different in. He was so moved by this man that he picked up a Bible and read it from cover to cover. He said the one verse that just jumped off the pages for him was John 10:10b that says, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ Let us praise God that we have found the answer to our restless hearts….JESUS. Let us also hold out Jesus to the world around us that is still searching.