"For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God." - Romans 8:20
Futile. That's what our days feel like many times. Doing the same thing day in and day out. Work, toil, strain, stress. To get where, to do what? Sometimes it seems like the daily struggles will never end. And that, when we who are Christians have eternal hope in God! I can't imagine what must it be like for a person who does not have hope.
I watch and see that many people live their lives in an effort to escape this futility. I even heard it vocalized, "when I move to such-and-such a place, I'll be happy." As if the next thing attained will finally be what brings ultimate happiness, calm, peace. Yet "happiness" is always one step ahead, one foot out of reach.
It is so perfect that God would ordain this broken world to bring about such deep longing in our souls. The longing to know that this world is not all there is - there must be something more, something greater, someone greater than this. The futility is in believing that the something greater, the someone greater can found within the creation.
It is futile to be able to grasp what will one day be gone, and once grasped, to have the insatiable longing for rest still unquenched. And it is merciful that God would cause this to be so. This longing is there to push us to continue the search until we simply can't believe that this world is the end, until we are convinced that there must be something greater, someone greater who can fill the void.
It is a gift from God that He gives everyone a reason to search for Him. He is the someone greater.