April 19, 2018

Is life a dead end street? Is it as futile as watering a post or singing songs to a deaf man? In the first nine verse of Ecclesiastes Solomon says that life is a dead end street for two types of people: those who are rich but can’t enjoy life and for those who labor but find no satisfaction. For those people there is no soul satisfaction. They might be full on the outside but inside they are as hollow and a chocolate easter bunny. Someone once said that enjoyment without God is just entertainment and it just doesn’t satisfy. Our world is full of entertainment but look how unsatisfied it is. Entertainment may bring laughter but not true joy.

Psalm 16:11 (NLT) — 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Matthew 16:26 (NLT) — 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

In verses 10-12 he talks about another kind of person for who life is a dead end street; its the person who requires all of the answers to life’s questions. Somethings we just can’t explain but for the Christian that isn’t unsettling because we live on promises not explanations. Explanations do not bring hope but promises do. A doctor may explain in great detail the incurable disease that I have and I might totally understand it but it doesn’t give me hope. God’s promise of healing gives me hope.

Job had a ton of questions for God but God didn’t answer any on them He just reinforced that he is God and all Job needed to do was trust him. So here are the questions that people have and want answers to.

Ecclesiastes 6:10–12 (NLT) — 10 Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny. 11 The more words you speak, the less they mean. So what good are they? 12 In the few days of our meaningless lives, who knows how our days can best be spent? Our lives are like a shadow. Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone?

Verse 10a > Everything is predestined so why bother making decisions? We are free to choose the life we want to live in this world but we are not free to change the consequences of what we have chosen. If we choose to reject the Good News of Jesus Christ than the consequences will be eternal death. If we choose to accept and receive Jesus the consequences are eternal life. So I guess it is important to make decisions.

2 Timothy 2:11–12 (NLT) — 11 This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us.

Verse 10b > Why disagree with God we can’t win anyway can we? This is such a negative view of God’s will. It makes His will out to be painful and difficult and to be avoided at all costs. God’s will is always the best for us. He knows us better than we do so why would we want to argue with him about it? Jesus said that doing the Father’s will was nourishment for him. (John 4:32-34). Would we really want God to give up on us and let us have our own way? We have locks on our doors and prisons in our cities because people are living out their own way. People who are going their own way are really going the way of the Devil. And we know that the will of the Devil is to steal, kill, and destroy.

Ephesians 2:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.

John 10:10 (NLT) — 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Verse 11 > What do we accomplish with all of our talking? All of mans  printed words and of man’s talk without God has given us the world we now live in. The people in our government talk and talk and talk and our Supreme Court Justices write briefs but nothing ever really seems to change for the better. What we need are the words of God and we have them in the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NLT) — 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Verse 12a > Who really knows what is good for us? God does. He is the author of life.

Psalm 32:8 (NLT) — 8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

Psalm 25:8 (NLT) — 8 The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) — 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Verse 12b > Does anybody really know what is next on life’s agenda? In spite what your horoscope says or  what you hear from a fortune teller or what a Christian may prophecy or what the weatherman predicts only God knows what is coming next.

Jeremiah 10:2 (NLT) — 2 This is what the Lord says: “Do not act like the other nations, who try to read their future in the stars. Do not be afraid of their predictions, even though other nations are terrified by them.

Isaiah 46:10 (NLT) — 10 Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.

One thing we do know about the future and that is death awaits all people. One should be prepared for that.

Hebrews 9:27 (NLT) — 27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment,

Life isn’t a dead end street if you are walking down the street with Jesus.

John 14:1–2 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

John 14:6 (NLT) — 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

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