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Ecclesiastes
- Life under the sun (i.e.
life without God) is hopeless.
- Life with God starts with submitting to God’s sovereignty, even in the tensions of life.
How-to respond to the hard tensions in life:
- first, FEAR GOD.
Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen.
- second, understand that prosperity is not always a good thing, and adversity is not always a bad thing.
STOP AND PRAY
- The Danger of Self-Righteousness
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- “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
SOLOMON’S OBSERVATION: - The Righteous are not always rewarded.
The Wicked are not always punished.
Solomon’s Observation regarding Prosperity and Adversity: The Righteous are not always rewarded.
The Wicked are not always punished.
- for to you it has been granted to believe and to suffer for Christ’s sake
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Feb 1906 - April 1945
- if the world HATED Christ, and if we are being conformed to His image, then the world will HATE us, too
Why is that?
- for to you it has been granted to believe and to suffer for Christ’s sake
- if the world HATED Christ, and if we are being conformed to His image, then the world will HATE us, too
- Don’t stand on your self-righteousness.
Rather, fear God.
- Do not be surprised when the world hates us.
Don’t stand on your righteousness.
Excessively righteous/overly wise means to be self-righteous.
Don’t be surprised when you suffer.
Because there are NO GOOD PEOPLE.
Don’t give into foolishness either - pursue Christ’s righteousness.
Fear the Lord.
Don’t give into foolishness either - pursue Christ’s righteousness.
Fear the Lord.
Do not think that you DESERVE a good life - that you can earn it.
And, do not swing the other way and just live loosely in sin either.
- Wisdom is a good thing.
But, a true fear of the Lord comes with humility to realize our sin nature, too.
Wisdom is a good thing.
But, a true Fear of the Lord comes with humility to realize our sin nature, too.
*Watch your feelings - when your feelings are being hurt, your pride is being humbled.*
*Watch your feelings - when your feelings are being hurt, your pride is being humbled.*
- The Difficulty in Self-Righteousness
- The Difficulty in Self-Righteousness
: There is NO ONE who is wise by their own effort.
Wisdom is hard to attain by yourself and your own efforts.
It takes time.
Folly - or the way of the world, the deception of the devil - does its best to look like wisdom.
Folly is very dangerous -
Pleasing to God -
Sinner -
- There is NO ONE who is righteous of their own ability.
There is no one righteous of their own ability.
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God made men to be upright, but men sinned.
But, wisdom (proper Fear of the Lord) and proper understanding of sin and salvation is good.
The WISE man fears God, knows his need for God’s grace and mercy.
The FOOL who thinks he will get by on his self-righteousness is ripe for the attack of the devil.
So, what does WISDOM tell us to do?
Trust in God’s Sovereignty
Trust in God’s provision
Be prepared to STAND FIRM, knowing that Satan is active.
- Satan’s attack
- God gives government to fight evil.
Don’t be quick to turn against the government.
God gives government to fight evil
3 Institutions God has set up to fight evil:
Family (, ) - to raise the wicked to know God
Government (, ) - to restrain the wicked
Church () - to redeem the wicked
God set up government, don’t be quick to go against the authority God set up ()
BUT… Authority - Satan attacks through corrupting Authority.
Sometimes the authorities of earth can be corrupted - why? B/c man is sinful
- While the authority of the land can be corrupted, God is ultimate Authority.
God is ultimate Authority
God will handle the corruption - we need to have patience.
God will deal with evil according to His time.
- So then, STAND FIRM
- When wickedness is not immediately punished, the fool says there is no God.
When wickedness is not immediately punished, the fool says there is no God.
When God does not behave like a man, man thinks there is no God - b/c we too often see God in our image.
- But it is in the hard times, even the hardest of times, that we must STAND FIRM.
Key Verse
- Finally, be strong in the LORD and in the strength of His might.
Put on the armor of God...
FEAR HIM OPENLY - When evil men prosper - STAND FIRM!
, Garden of Gethsemane,
- Eventually, the Lord will deal with the wicked (), but that is not always done under the sun.
Eventually, the Lord will deal with the wicked (), but that is not always done under the sun.
Take pleasure and rest in God’s sovereignty.
Don’t fret over what you don’t know and can’t control ().
Trust in what you can know - through God’s word.
What now?
How do we respond?
Don’t give up.
Don’t give in.
- GOD LOVES TO BE TRUSTED
We won’t always understand what is going on nor why the Lord is allowing it.
Don’t give in.
We won’t always understand what is going on nor why the Lord is allowing it.
But God is faithful.
God has told us everything we need to know in order to know HIM! ‘
We can have an abundant life that starts NOW.
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