Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, February 28, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #8
“Resolving The Tension Between Life’s Experiences and Faith”
Acknowledging God’s providence, which controls events and places our happiness out of our own power, we are confronted also by the fact that there is much wickedness and much injustice in the world. These realities oppose all our plans for peace and contentment, and creates an inward tension that challenges our faith.
King Solomon takes an honest look at life under the sun. He looks and sees that a life lived on earth without God ultimately brings exploitation, frustration, loneliness and disillusionment. Amidst all the laughter and joyfulness is a trail of tears. It is difficult, therefore, to resolve the tension between life’s experiences and faith.
In these verses Solomon reveals to us that: Injustice is commonplace in our world, and, God will judge everyone at the appointed time. He concludes his observation with several personal deductions.
I. Injustice Is Commonplace in Our World: Eccl. 3:16
II. God Will Judge Everyone at the Appointed Time: Eccl. 3:17
III. Personal Deductions: Eccl. 3:18-4:3
A. Human finitude is a reality (3:18-21)
1. People are like animals (vv.18-20).
2. The difference between people and animals is unrecognizable at death (v.21)
B. Enjoying life is commendable (3:22)
C. Cynicism is a personal choice (4:1-3)
The Bible makes it clear that as Christians we live in the interim between promise and fulfillment. As we live in the light of truth that God has revealed about Himself, yet also experience the realities of life in a real fallen world, what we see with our eyes will sometimes be very different from what we hear regarding the promises of God and the Bible. Oftentimes such tensions and struggles are at the center of the life of faith.