How should we live knowing our fate? (Ecclesiastes 9:1-12)

I. REMEMBER THAT DEATH IS CERTAINTY FOR ALL

Deuteronomy 16:19 (NASB) “You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

Proverbs 9:9 (NASB) Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

Proverbs 11:30 (NASB) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.

Proverbs 23:24 (NASB) The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.

Ecclesiastes 7:16 (NASB) Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?

Ecclesiastes 9:1 (NASB) For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.

Hosea 14:9 (NASB) Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.

Ecclesiastes 7:16-17 (NASB) 16 Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself? 17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool. Why should you die before your time?

Being in the hand of God is not synonymous with or a guarantee for being
economically prosperous, physically healthy, shielded from pain, enjoying a trouble-free occupation, and having everyone smile and appreciate us. But what does help is the knowledge that behind whatever happens is a God who loves us and cares, who hasn’t lost a handle on the controls. – Chuck Swindoll

Matthew 25:46 (NASB) “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

II. REMEMBER TO ENJOY THINGS SINCE LIFE IS UNCERTAIN

a. Enjoy food and drink

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

Isaiah 5:11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!

b. Wear clean clothing and smell nice

c. Enjoy your spouse while you can

d. Do your work while you can

e. Enjoy life because time limits us

III. REMEMBER TO LEARN WISDOM FROM HISTORY

a. Parable of ignored wisdom

Psalms 31:12 (NASB) I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.

Psalms 41:5 (NASB) My enemies speak evil against me, “When will he die, and his name perish?”

b. Conclusions on wisdom

c. Wisdom can be ruined

Joshua 6:18 (NASB) “But as for you, only keep yourselves from the things under the ban, so that you do not covet them and take some of the things under the ban, and make the camp of Israel accursed and bring trouble on it.

Joshua 7:1 (NASB) But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the Lord burned against the sons of Israel.

Joshua 7:20 (NASB) So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel,

Joshua 7:21 (NASB) when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”

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