Column by Pastor Joey Durham: The 3 important questions of everyone's life


The devotion on my heart for today is, "Three Important Questions." My scripture text is Genesis 1:1, where we read, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (KJV)

So, what are these three important questions that most everyone has contemplated at some time in their life? They are, "Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going when I die?" We may have not allowed these questions to be spoken to someone, but they are truly an important part of man's desire for peace and satisfaction in searching for meaning in this life. There are many people who believe that you are born, you live, you die, and that is the end. That is a reasonably logical viewpoint if there is no God. If the evolutionists' theory of the origin of man is correct, then life will truly have an overwhelming possibility of being meaningless, with no real purpose and direction. In my opinion, all you need to do is view a picture of the late Charles Darwin, and you can see that written all over his gloomy expression. Darwin's book "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life" has helped countless people to exist in life with the desire to just live and "get all of the gusto they can" because they believe it is all destroyed in the end by that fearful enemy, called death.

That gloomy picture changes completely when our text verse is remembered and believed, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." When it is accepted that man is the crowning jewel of God's creation, a sense of "being special" touches the heart. No other creature was created in the image and likeness of God. It was only with man that God desired fellowship and He created them, male and female. Though Adam and Eve sinned and broke that special fellowship, God provided a remedy for man's sin through the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary's cross. So, please allow me to answer these three important questions. Where did you come from? You came from God's special work of creation! Why are you here? God created you to have a personal relationship with Him so that you can fellowship with Him and glorify Him with your life! Where are you going? If you accept Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, as your Savior, you are assured of eternity in Heaven with your Creator and Savior! If you don't know Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, please trust Him today!

Joey Durham is pastor at Open Bible Baptist Church at 180 Old Manning Road in Sumter. You can contact Pastor Durham at or call the church office at (803) 481-9315.