Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, June 12, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon#18
“God Is Good Even If Life Isn’t Fair”
It is patently obvious that life, at times, doesn’t make sense and is not fair! Some people seem to sail through untroubled—yet for others, one problem or tragedy seems to follow another. These are the facts of life, ‘under the sun’. King Solomon addresses them realistically and shows his readers how he has come to terms with them.
As in the previous chapter, this verse (v.9) forms a bridge between the two sections. Solomon has been referring to the power of rulers. He introduces his next theme about the injustices of life by referring to the abuse of that power. His application to the task in hand is intense, as he muses upon the things that he has observed within the hierarchies of society. The powerful are not always just (v. 9).
When life doesn’t make sense and is unfair, we’re to remember three truths:
I. Delayed Justice Is Not Justice Denied: Eccl. 8:10-13
A. Delayed justice is caused by the patience and kindness of God (cf. 2 Peter 3:3-9).
B. Delayed justice is intended to lead people to repentance (cf. Heb. 9:27; Romans 2:4).
II. Confidence of Faith Produces Joy: Eccl. 8:14-15
A. The “eat, drink, and be merry” of faith rests on God’s promises:
1. God promises never to leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5).
2. God promises to provide all our needs (Phil. 4:13-19).
3. God promises to complete in us what He started (Phil. 1:6).
4. God promises that His end result would justify His means and purpose for our lives (Rom. 8:28-30).
III. Contentment Does Not Depend On Our Understanding Everything: Eccl. 8:16-17
We are equipped through the Holy Spirit, to face life’s unfairness like Jesus Christ (Luke 23:39-41; Heb. 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”).
- Jesus endured the cross because He knew the END OF THE STORY. We can endure the injustices of life because we know the end of the story—in the end there will be justice.