Text: Ecclesiastes 6:10 – 7:14
Date: November 9, 2014
The Big Idea: God is Sovereign and there is nothing to be gained in debating Him. Instead of arguing with God, the wise man will to listen to Him and then choose the better way to live – God’s way to live.
The Preacher points out three characteristics of a better way to live:
- Thinking soberly about life and death.
Through our daily actions, each of us are creating our legacy; we are creating how we will be remembered. (Proverbs 22:1) Are you building the kind of life you want to be remembered for? Will your children be able to stand beside your casket one day and be proud of the legacy you have left behind? A sobering question, but it’s a question the wise continually ask themselves.
- Preferring the rebuke of the wise rather than the laughter of fools. Tragically many are not open to instruction. They are certainly not open to rebuke – they either don’t want to hear it, or they reject, or they don’t seek it out. They would much rather hear the songs of the fools, which many times glorify a lifestyle that does not honor God and will be of no help on their day of death.
- Taking the long-term view of what God is doing. The Preacher encourages us to take a long-term perspective of what God is doing in this world. The consummation of God’s plan may not take place in our lifetime, but that doesn’t mean that He is not at work. And because He is at work, we not only should be working, we can work knowing that we are working in partnership with Almighty God.
We need to live each day with the expectation that the best is yet to come. So many people want to live in the past. The past may hold some great memories, but the best still lies ahead of each one of us. Live with the expectation that each day is bringing you one step closer to the best day of your life.