As we explore our existence the question often comes to mind, “why do I exist?” What is the purpose of my existence? Rene Descartes, a 17th century philosopher known as the father of modern philosophy, went even further to ask the question, how do I know that I exist? His conclusion, “I think, Therefore I am.” So in our conscious awareness, we contemplate purpose.
The Apostle Paul stood before the philosophers of his time and gave this clarifying discourse:
Acts 17:24-28, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”
Why do we exist? I believe we exist at God’s good pleasure. Paul says that God created us so that we would seek him, reach out for him, and find him. Our purpose, why do we exist, is to seek and find God.