What Is Life?

Life is only an opportunity for usefulness. (From a Puritan prayer)

It’s the question that has been asked from the beginning of time: “What is the meaning of life?” What’s its purpose? The Bible book of Ecclesiastes deals extensively with that issue. It views life from man’s point of view, concluding “Fear God and keep his commandments.” That will result in using life’s opportunities to honor him and benefit his creation and humanity.

Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life . . . Keep the commandments and keep your life. (Proverbs 10:27; 19:16)