Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, February 21, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #7
“Living Life While Confined in A Prison of Time and Circumstances”
In this section the author draws out the implications of the poem of “times” (vv. 1–8). While there is an appropriate time for all things, it is God who establishes these times (see v. 11 and note), and His work is fixed so it cannot be changed (v. 14). Because humanity cannot fully discern God’s appointed times (v. 11), the author encourages people to enjoy life and be content.
King Solomon gives us principles to live by while we’re confined in a prison of time of circumstances. We’ll study: human toil is profitless, God’s strategy is incomprehensible, enjoying life is possible, and fearing God is never optional.
I. Human Toil Is Profitless: Eccl. 3:9
II. God’s Strategy Is Incomprehensible: Eccl. 3:10-11
A. God has made everything beautiful (v.11a – appropriate and proper).
B. God has put eternity in our hearts (v.11b, “Also, He has put eternity in their hearts”).
C. God’s sovereign plans are incomprehensible (v.11b, “No one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end”).
III. Enjoying Life Is Possible: Eccl. 3:12-13
IV. Fearing God Is Never Optional: Eccl. 3:14-15
A. God’s plans are UNCHANGEABLE (v.14).
B. God’s plans are UNFATHOMABLE (v.15).
Behind our free actions and decision making stands the will of God. “Whatever God does shall remain forever.” The will of God is immutable. We can alter nothing of God’s providential arrangements. We cannot hasten or impede God’s designs; we cannot add to nor inhibit divine plans. The awareness that God holds the world in his hands creates in us a reverential respect for the righteous authority of Almighty God which we are all subject. This is also a ground of hope and confidence during the sometimes unsettling variations of life.