Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, May 22, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #16
“Human Limitations in A World Sustained by the Sovereignty of God”
One Bible commentator says of our text for today, “This is one of those passages that sets preachers to pacing in their studies, wringing their hands: What does it mean? How do we preach it?” And yet, even though our text for today is difficult to understand, it is nevertheless an extremely relevant passage that deals with some of the most perplexing questions we have: Why do some good people die young while some evil people live to a ripe old age?
In his quest to find out how to live a meaningful life the writer of Ecclesiastes addresses the issue of how to act in a paradoxical world. King Solomon recognized that he lived in a time when some of the good die young and some of the wicked die old. People did not understand why bad things happen to some good people while some wicked people seem to prosper. It was difficult to make sense of how things worked in the world. It is against this background that Solomon encouraged people to trust God in light of their human limitations in a world sustained by God’s sovereignty.
I. Our Resolve: The Sovereignty of God: Eccl. 7:13-15
Here we come face to face with God’s sovereignty. What do we mean by the sovereignty of God? By the “sovereignty of God” we mean that God, by His position and power, is in control of all things and every person. Sovereignty speaks of God’s ownership and ruler-ship over His creation (cf. Eph. 1:11, 14; Psa. 135:6; Prov.16:4).
II. Our Recognition: The Guidelines from God: Eccl. 7:16-18
A. Don’t Deceive Yourself (7:16)
B. Don’t Indulge Yourself (7:17)
C. Trust God (7:18)
III. Our Assessment: The Wisdom from God: Eccl. 7:19-29
A. The problem of sin (vv.19-20)
B. The problem of criticism (vv.21-22)
C. The problem of comprehending God’s purposes (vv.23-25)
D. The problem of life’s great disappointments (vv.26-29)
CONCLUSION: Romans 11:33-36
- The Secrecy of God’s Counsels (vv.33-34)
- The Sovereignty of God’s Counsels (vv.35-36)