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SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 24)

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.

Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer.  Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…

First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).

Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34).  (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)

Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved.  May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question…  “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Eccl 8:1-5  – Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.  I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.  Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.  Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?  Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. 

 

  

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing?

True Godly wisdom is a rare thing.  Many have a worldy type of wisdom, but few have a wisdom that can understand and explain the workings of the Lord and the application of His truths to our lives.

 

a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. 

With the receipt of Godly wisdom comes joy, and kindness of heart as the wise man applies God’s Word to his own life and learns the importance of treating others with a Godly love and grace.

 

I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.    

Solomon gives us the advice to obey the higher authorities of this world as long as they do not contradict the promises of obedience we have given to the Lord.  We are to remain loyal servants of the king, standing in his presence awaiting his commands.  If we find ourselves disobeying his commands we are to not remain in disobedience but turn back to him with a repentant heart.

 

Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?  Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. 

Why must we take great care in obeying higher authorities?  It is because they possess great authority. When they are set against us, they can do great harm to us and those around us.  The king’s authority allows him to simply speak and have his words come to pass.  No one can question his doings.

This is why we all need to obey the higher powers.  Then the king will not turn against us.  When a man is truly wise he will know when it is proper to obey the king and what judgment he will face if he disobeys.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Possessing Godly wisdom will change our lives.  It will give us the ability to see things as they actually are, through the lens of the will of God for our lives.  It will open up to us the ability to apply God’s Word to our lives and treat others in a kind, Godly manner.  Finally, it will lead us to submit to higher authorities under the umbrella of the highest authority, the Lord Himself.

May we all seek the gracious gift of Godly wisdom that flows from  our Lord through His Word.

 

Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:

 

1. 2:1-3 The pursuit of carnal desires  (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)
2. 2:4-11 The pursuit of material possessions through human labors
3. 2:12-17 The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly
4. 2:18-23 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1
5. 2:24-26 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2
6. 3:1-8 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #1
7. 3:9-15 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #2
8. 3:16-22 A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life.
9. 4:1-3 A recognition that never being born is better than the sufferings of this life.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 The recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom

 

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