Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #20
“Life – The Unpredictable Reality”
Our author, King Solomon, for further proof of the vanity of the world, and to convince us that all our works are in the hand of God, and not in our own hand, shows the uncertainty and contingency of future events, and how often they contradict the prospects we have of them. He had exhorted us (v. 10) to do what we have to do with all our might; but here he reminds us that, when we have done all, we must leave the issue with God, and not be confident of the success. In addition, He further demonstrates by way of a practical illustration, the importance of wisdom.
Since life is an unpredictable reality, several realities are cited to exhort us to live our lives to the fullest for the glory of God: We do control some things; Our control of things is limited; and, Wisdom is preferred over strength.
I. Life Is Unpredictable But We Do Control Some Things: Eccl. 9:7-10
A. We can choose to enjoy the simple pleasures in life (v.7)
B. We can choose to make everyday a delightful occasion (v.8)
C.We can choose to make our marriages a source of joy (v.9)
D. We can choose to do what we do with enthusiasm (v.10)
II. Life Is Unpredictable and Our Control of Things Is Limited:
III. Life Is Unpredictable Yet Wisdom Is Preferred Over Strength:
A. An observation made (v.13)
B. An illustration given (vv.14-15)
C. Conclusions drawn (vv.16-18)
1. Wisdom is better than strength (v.16a)
2. Words spoken in quiet better than shouts (v.17)
3. Wisdom is better than weapons of war (v.18a)
4. One sinner can destroy much good (v.18b)
CONCLUSION: James 3:13-18
- False wisdom (vv.13-16 – earthly, sensual, demonic)
- True wisdom (vv.17-18 – pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and hypocrisy)
True wisdom is God’s wisdom, and when we allow this wisdom to drive us down the road of life—which is another way of saying we allow God to drive us—we achieve a wonderful result. That result is righteousness (v. 18). Righteousness is, of course, right conduct. It is right living, that is, living in accordance with the will of God.