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September 18, 2020 8:00 am
Need to truly grow into Adrian Rogers.
Sometimes the dollars that is related workable wages for God every day just for fun working. But if you want to grow up, rejoice in childhood out of your heart. Every man welcome to love words binding the book of Ecclesiastes reveals life as it comes in his acclaimed pastor and Bible teacher Adrian Rogers said history may tell us what science may tell us how neither tells us why.
Yesterday in part one of this message. We learned that God in his infinite wisdom makes life a mystery to draw us to him, apart from God wisdom wealth and work are all meaningless. In spite of its ministry God urges us to live with enthusiasm and joy.
We cannot let our problems make cynics out of us. There are going to be some hard times we would be foolish to not enjoy the good times. But how can we rejoice in every season. What we have now that King Solomon did not when he wrote Ecclesiastes with part two of its time for you to get a life. Here's Adrian Rogers about the book of Ecclesiastes is the Journal of King Saul by King Solomon had everything I made about a man that had a lesson about how to popularity at prosperity at prestige@pleasure anything, his heart could desire shout for him to learn how to have a living, but not a life.
Drawing his breath and dying at the same time and I think that if they been living today. Somebody might say to him hey man get a life. I what you have in the book of Ecclesiastes is his journal and his record of some of the perplexities that he had some of the mistakes that he had and I want to learn now about the life that we need to live the life that God wants you to live is where this series of messages of a lifestyle for the last days. First of all I want you to see what I'm going to call the complex mysteries of life if you will again versus wanted to words of the preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities set the preacher that vanity all is as I can figure life out wife is a puzzle life is a mystery, and every thinking person knows that it is not work to your secret God engineered it that way, did you know that God does not want life to make sense to you that may surprise you but God in his wisdom makes life a mystery that you did that. Not because he doesn't love us, but because he does love us and God knows that if you're not in our wisdom and ingenuity, and sagacity could figure it all out. We would never come to him if we could find meaning apart from him and so this vanity. This confusion this mystery is a tool that God uses to draw us to him, history may tell us what science may tell us how, but neither of us want not what I'm trying to say is that the answer Fran is not in the things the more a man learns the more he realizes he doesn't understand. Bertrand Russell said philosophy proved a washout for me is he, apart from God. God is engineered that your life is going to be meaningless, but in chapter 2 verse 14 the wise man's eyes are in his head with a full walk in darkness is much better.
Be wise that is me food and I myself perceive also that one event happened to the mall there is a man who looks where is going. Here's a man who lives with sagacity and perspective. Here's a fool happy-go-lucky but notice I perceive also that one event happened to them all then said I my heart, as happened to the full. So even to me and why was I then more wives then that I my heart that also is that for there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the full grammar seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten and how dire the wise man as a food goes off to school. He studies and studies and studies in studies and studies gets a PhD. He learns all of these things. He walks this way his eyes and his hand is another guy they could care less about new anything and they both somehow get through life they die they go to the ground all having all this knowledge down into the dirt. It's gone gone gone. You say apart from God. Wisdom is meaningless.
He sang apart from God. Wealth is meaningless.
Look in chapter 6 verses one to there's an evil which I've seen of the sun and it is common among men by man whom God has given riches well to so that he wanted nothing for a soul of all leaders are yet God gives them not power to eat thereof, but a stranger you.
This is vanity and even with things when you're young you can afford anything but beans and rice, which had a cast-iron stomach. Now you can eat prime rib with the doctor will let you amazing Solomon say somebody else eats the things that you have full say apart from God. Wisdom is meaningless apart from God. Wealth is meaningless apart from God.
Work is meaningless. Look in chapter 9 verse 11. I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift know the battle to destroy all neither bread to the wise, the richest men of understanding. Favor commit a skill, but time and chance happens to them all. You would think that a man is wise and works hard because on so-and-so's are they going to be wealthy and man is he's not going be well. It's always a don't forget time and chance.
Maybe you got bookings among maybe matter got rocks Mr. moneybags usable. Look what I did time and chance time and chance their people.
There in the Sudan got more brings a new habit they will have time to chance that you have some people just pay men they fell into Sammy to make a C in school, but they had the class reunion about 15 years later Sammy came up in a car so long had having hints to get around the corner wearing incredible close all big diamonds on this thing is they sit say what you know Sammy well said, you know, it's that I found out that I could make a deal for a dollar and sell it for two dollars and everybody wants one is that I just sold my active so he said you know that 2% really adds up some black people not too bright. Do real well so my people are very smart. Don't do that well what he's saying is I got it figured out. Apart from God. Wisdom is meaningless apart from God. Wealth is meaningless apart from God.
Work is meaningless.
You will not get it figured out those my friends on the complex mysteries of life. Now, which is a second, I want you to see the challenging adventure of life. You think I'm trying to make you a cynic though be aware lest you become cynical outlook. If you will.
God tells us that life is an adventure and you need to live it with enthusiasm and joy. Just because you can't figure it out doesn't mean that you got to go through it with joy.
I will give you a number verses in a hurry and I want to read them.
I want to jot them down if you want to Ecclesiastes 224 there's nothing better for man than that he should eat and drink and that he should make his soul in joy good in his labor. This also. I saw that it was from the hand of God B and drink and enjoy things like if you will in chapter 3 verses 11 through 13. He has made everything beautiful in his time.
Also he upset the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God make it from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for man to rejoice and no good in his life is all so that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor is the gift of God is Ecclesiastes 3 verse 22. Wherefore, I perceive that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works for that is his portion. Look, if you will, and Ecclesiastes chapter 5 verses 18 and 19 behold that which I've seen.
It is good and calmly for one to eat and to drink and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he take it under the sun all the days of his life which God giveth them for it is his portion.
Every man also to whom God had given riches and wealth and have given power to eat thereof, and to take his portion of the rejoice in his labor. This is the gap of God and Ecclesiastes 9 verse 10 says and what supply can find to do, do it with thy might, for there's no work or devise new knowledge and wisdom in the grave without goes. God says, look, this is life with joy that is not talking about it we drink and be merry for more you die, that's nobody's talking about what he is saying don't drop out, saying, don't get cynical don't get better attack life God has given you things, enjoy it.
Jesus did that Jesus lived life to the fullest.
The Bible says of him, thou hast anointed him with oil of gladness above his fellows.
Jesus was not some sanctimonious religious recluse. Children love to come and sit in his lap.
They crucified him because I called him a wind River in a glutton because he was not, Jesus was a man who enjoyed life and enjoy life to the fullest. And that's what you want to do Jesus and live full of zest I would have lived life. Remember this God is good that once you get what you life. God is good, so live life joyfully.
Ecclesiastes 224 there's nothing better for man that he should eat and drink and that he should make his soul in joy good in his labor. This also. I saw that it was from the hand of God.
Chapter 3 verses 12 and 13.
I know that there is no good in them, but for man to rejoice and to do good in his life and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor.
It is the gift of God. Now, even if you are bewildered and perplexed, and you have problems and you will have problems, don't let it make a cynic out of you friend.
When you go to lunch today. Eat your food, and in joy. You go to work tomorrow.
Enjoy your job. You're married, enjoy your wife enjoy your husband enjoy your children enjoy your grandchildren. Enjoy your friends attack life and squeeze all of it. You sound like that you can.
It is the gift of God, stop wanting a better life and enjoy the life that you have Chuck Swindoll said if you ever noticed the man never earns enough a woman is never beautiful and the closer never fashionable enough cars and ever nice enough gadgets are never modern houses are never furnished enough food is never fancy enough.
Relationships are never romantic enough.
Life is never fool enough. A wise man said to whom little is not enough. Nothing is enough. God has blessed you friend if you don't enjoy life. Not only is it a shame it's a sin. The Bible says this is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in their gonna be some hard times and because they're going to be hard times your food if you don't enjoy good food.
If you don't enjoy a good time in the contracts enjoy the good now since God is good. We should live joyfully since God is sovereign, listen, we should live confidently look in chapter 3 verse 14. I know that, whatsoever God do with it should be forever.
Nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it and God do with that men should fear before him.
What does that tell us God is in control. I haven't locked all my desk. I look at it almost daily. It says Adrian.
Trust me I have everything under control that it may seem braying to you but it is not in vain to God.
Remember our verse in Romans eight verse 20 for the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him that had subjected the same in hope and then verse 28 and we know that all things are working together for good to those who love God with the called according to his purpose. If it doesn't make sense to you, doesn't mean it doesn't make sense to God. God is sovereign. If you cannot understand God's ways you can know God's heart. Somebody said when we cannot trace his hand, we can still trust his heart. God is God B God, but remember God is so God is in control and not a blade of grass moves without his permission.
That's what Solomon is teaching Dr. Einstein Prof. Einstein with absolute debris. They came up with the theory of relativity say only 12 men been able to understand.
I can vouch that I don't know who the other 11 are somebody asked Ms. Einstein. Do you understand the theory. Relativity, she said no but I understand Dr. Einstein to say you can know him, you have to know what he does.
God is good, so enjoy life. God is sovereign, so live life not only joyfully but competently and the third God is holy, so live life reverently, reverently look again if you will. Ecclesiastes chapter 12 verses 13 and 14. Let us hear the conclusion of all matter. Dear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man for God to bring every work into judgment in every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil. You live life joyfully and you live life confidently which do not live live reckless. Remember God is watching life friend is a complex mystery life is a challenging adventure. Life is a comprehensive test. Life is a test you here to be tested.
Everything is going to come in to judgment.
Look again if you will. Verse 13 let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man for God shall bring every work in two judgment three things that I would finish first. What you learn to rejoice learn to read Joyce look, if you will, in Ecclesiastes 11 nine rejoice. Oh man in value. Let thy heart cheer the all the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and the sideline eyes but no but for all these things, God will bring them to judgment. Are you young living up. Sometimes they tell us that you is for fun Middle Ages for workable rages for God is not true man everyday just for fun working. God but if you young living up, don't tell these kids want to grow up, learn to rejoice and I take a childhood out of your heart out of your little boy every man learn to rejoice but he says no.
This is not saying the high wide handsome is not saying young people so you know that's not what you say he say have the joy of the Lord. But remember God is watching play by the rules. God's laws do not restrict us. They liberate us learn, rejoice, number two, number should we learn to rejoice, but we need to learn to rest look at will. In verse 10, therefore, remove sorrow from thine heart, and put away evil from my flesh. The word sorrow there and 11 verse 10 actually is vexation and it comes from two words that mean anger and resentment get the anger out get the resentment not get the bitterness out, learn, rejoice and learn to rest and you can rest with anger and resentment of anger right now. Get on your knees, get rid of.
Ask God to take that resentment and then learn to remember, learn, rejoice, learn to rest. Learn remember remember now chapter 12 verse one. Remember now that I create for in the days of values, while the evil days, though the years gone by without say I have no pleasure in them to remember does it mean to call to mind it means to honor and obey to serve.
Remember God. That's what it's all about.
Hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God friend listen. Life is a mystery.
Life is an adventure and life is a test as soon going to be over now Solomon lived before Calvary everything that he wrote is by divine inspiration, but we know some things he didn't because we have the New Testament we have an understanding that even Solomon the wisest man ever live did not have before he died.
Call bar was a brilliant theologian toward the end of his life. He took a trip. It was the trip of a lifetime. He traveled in the continent's.
He went to the great cathedrals he went to the great universities he lectured. He preached he studied. He taught peer changed ideas with the doctors of law in philosophy and theology.
It was a fitting climax to the life of Amanda Briggs, he came back home.
This man, who'd seen it all was in the classroom with other younger men. There and there was a time of questions young man licked his hand and said Dr. Barth, and all of your travels. All that you seen what is the most profound thoughts you have ever had the old man smiled and said, Jesus loves me this on what the Bible tells me so, Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so, what is life all about Jesus and I've close that you might have life, which might have abundant apart from him. It is vanity of case apart from Jesus save God brought you here today to get saved and I tell you I promise you only thought of the word of God, God will save you today.
I mean saving make you over its American trust Christ when you pray prayer like this old God. I am a Senate and I lost life is a mystery. I cannot solve.
Lord I know that you're in control now.
I know that one day off a shoe and I want to be right with you, Jesus. I believe you are the son of God. I believe you died on the cross and paid my send it with your shed blood. I believe the father raised you from the dead. I trust you, Jesus come into my life. Forgive my sin save me Jesus prayed from your heart. Save me Lord Jesus, did you ask them thank you and say thank you for doing I receive it by faith, and that settles that you now, my Lord, my Savior, my God, my friend. Thank you for saving me again now to make me the person you want me to be. Give me the stand for you in your name. I put on.
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