Why are you here right now? Why are you on this earth? For that matter, why am I here too?
Sunday School Answer: Because God put us here.
True, but not the whole answer.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it quite nicely:
1. What is the chief end of man?
Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
We are here to bring glory to God. To point to Him and say, "That's my God. He is incredible beyond all imagining, powerful beyond any other strength, and the only Holy One, Who is faithful to His people."
I listened to a podcast on devotions a while ago in which the speaker (I can't remember who it was) made a lot of excellent points and suggestions about how devotions are supposed to work in our lives. One in particular stuck with me.
The first thing we should be looking for when we read the Bible is how this passage reveals God.
Not what it says about Israel. Not what it says about faith. Not how it applies to us.
How it reveals God.
I forget that this life is about God. I'm not here to be happy or successful or anything self-serving. I'm not even here to serve the people around me. I'm here to serve my God and no one else.
Yes, that means serving other people. Maybe it means happiness or success. But those things are not of first importance. God put me right here, right now to serve Him and glorify Him.
Maybe that means giving up my comfort zone. Maybe that means praying for someone who has hurt me. Maybe that means working faithfully when I want to stop.
Whatever it means for me, for you, for everyone, it all comes down to why we're here.
To glorify our God.