Ecc 8:11-14 “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. 14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.”
Why is it easy to trust God when things are going well and hard to trust Him when things are going badly?
Even if bad stuff happens, still worship Jesus, because the end is good. Celebrate the end. In the celebration is the path to the end.
God is talking to you. This is not designed to destroy you. This is designed to develop you and push you into your destiny.
Several years ago there was an accident on an Amtrak train because the guy driving was doing drugs. Innocent people died. The train engineer served five years prison and is now free. Horrible stuff happens. The most innocent people suffer the greatest trials.
The writer of Ecclesiastes struggled with the question, ‘Why do good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people?’ Those ‘why’ questions aren’t really searching for an answer. They’re just an excuse to complain.
It’s a struggle, but if you continue to focus on this, you will end up fully set on evil. If you say, ‘It’s not fair!’ it’s the same as saying, ‘God’s not really righteous.’ The end of that is you becoming bitter and evil.
Everything is going to be all right.
In the end everything will be made right.
How has Jesus used hard circumstances to help you grow and mature?
Asaf wrote Psalm 73. He was almost lost because of the good things that happened to bad people. He was nearly disillusioned by these circumstances.
Serving the Lord does have many benefits: salvation, forgiveness, God’s presence, promises, help, hope, provision, love, security, and the list goes on and on.
God’s promises are in the Spirit, but the problems are in the natural.
The tough stuff is not a waste of time. Everything is done on purpose. God will cause all things to work together for good. The circumstances are not accidents. Walking with God, life will be troublesome, but be of good cheer, Jesus has overcome the world.
There is a happy ending. Walk in that Truth!
It’s not on accident, it’s on God-cident.
Job 14:1 “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.”
Mat 10:22 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
How can you change your focus so that you might encourage someone else? How can you use some of the bad things that have happened to you to encourage someone else?
Jer 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Rom 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Things that happen don’t seem to fit, but we see only in part. Just like a ship with all its individual parts, take a single situation and it will sink, but put it all together and it will float. With Jesus, you become unsinkable.
God has a way of working things out.
How many times has the devil tried to convince you that you weren’t saved? What lies have you recognized and dismissed from your mind and heart? What lies/situations do you still struggle with?
If you repented of your sins and were baptized in Jesus’ beautiful name and you’ve received God’s precious Holy Spirit and you’re walking in a relationship with Jesus and you endure to the end, you belong to Him. He is able to save them to the uttermost.
Rom 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
Jesus rebuked the storm. The disciples feared, but Jesus had already spoken. He said they were going to the other side of that water. There should have been no ‘but, but, but.’ Hold onto what Jesus already spoke. Don’t let go.
Don’t listen to what the world is telling you. Shut that Constant Negative News (CNN) off.
The eclipse of the sun is a great example of short term circumstances. The moon can’t cover the sun! It’s so much smaller. It’s just a tiny rock, smaller than the earth! Your circumstances can’t cover the Son. Those circumstances are so much smaller, a tiny thing compared to Jesus and His power.
What are some of your favorite Bible verses (promises) and why? How have you applied them to your life?
Heaven will be eternal, wonderful, great food, no dieting, just love and joy and peace and goodness. Jesus will light it.
There will be valleys in this life, but there will also be blessings and victory.
Through it all, learn to trust Jesus, learn to depend on His Word. He will always come through. He will make it all work out.
God is already in your future.
Heb 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Just knowing that Jesus is always here is comforting. How can you remind yourself of that truth throughout your day?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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