Am I Headed for Failure? Eccl. 5:8-16, 18-20; 6:10-12 HCSB Aug. 04, 2013
If we find and do the will of God we should never ask the question; Am I Headed for Failure?
1. Am I Headed for Failure Because of . . Dishonesty? 5:8-9
A. Dishonesty by . . False Protection. 5:8
8 If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don't be
astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them.
B. Dishonesty by the Entire . . Field of Servants. 5:9
9 The profit from the land is taken by all; the king is served by the field.
How secure does this event make you feel? Some dishonest people make sure other dishonest people are protected and it just happens to spill over for you? It is not the long lasting protection you can count on and the wealth you think you have securely taken care of may soon seem to fly away. If you look for an honest person and find very few who remotely classify for the title; you will not believe you and your wealth are secure. Suppose some are as ease in their actions of dishonesty by saying, “everybody’s doing it!
2. Am I Headed for Failure Because of . . Devotion to Wealth? 5:10-16
A. Devotion to Wealth Never . . Satisfies. 5:10-11
10 The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile.11 When good things increase, the ones who consume them multiply; what, then, is the profit to the owner, except to gaze at them with his eyes?
B. Devotion to Wealth Removes . . Sleep. 5:12-13
12 The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich permits him no sleep.
13 There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.
C. Devotion to Wealth Results In . . Sickening Tragedy. 5:14-16
14 That wealth was lost in a bad venture, so when he fathered a son, he was empty-handed.15 As he came from his mother's womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; he will take nothing for his efforts that he can carry in his hands.16 This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does he gain who struggles for the wind?
Do you think some people live for wealth? They really have a devotion for wealth? In reality wealth rarely gives the satisfaction they desire. You have heard the saying from one man of riches to another man of riches:
As one asked the other, “how much wealth is enough?” The answer came, “just a little more.” How about the person who can not enjoy a good night of sleep because he is worried about his wealth. Many people want to leave their family with multiple avenues of wealth and a well secured sum of money. But Solomon saw many people make mistakes with their wealth and head for a sickening tragedy because of their emphasis on wealth.
3. Am I Headed for Failure Because of . . Dedication to Pleasure? 5:18-20
A. Dedication to Pleasure has . . Consequences. 5:18-19
18 Here is what I have seen to be good: it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward.
19 God has also given riches and wealth to every man, and He has allowed him to enjoy them, take his
reward, and rejoice in his labor. This is a gift of God,
B. Dedication to Pleasure has . . Considerations. 5:20
20 for he does not often consider the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy of his heart.
We need to see all the good things of life as coming from the Lord. Have you ever sat back and enjoyed some of the pleasures of life? I am a baseball fan and my wife and I went to the opening ball gave in the new stadium in 1966. I told my wife as we noticed the distinguished stadium club honey someday I will take you to a ball game up there. She sort of chuckled but about 20 years later we went and it was like we had really arrived. Well today that stadium has been torn down. God has caused many spiritual happenings that will last for eternity to replace such fleeting experiences that fade.
4. Am I Headed for Failure Because of the . . Degrading Effects of Frustration? 6:10-12
A. Degrading Effects of Frustration Causing . . Futility. 6:10-11
10 Whatever exists was given its name long ago, and who man is, is known. But he is not able to contend
with the One stronger than he.
11 For when there are many words, they increase futility. What is the advantage for man?
B. Degrading Effects of Frustration Caused by our . . Few Days of Life. 6:12
12 For who knows what is good for man in life, in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a
shadow? Who can tell man what will happen after him under the sun? HCSB
It can be frustrationing when you realize how small you are related to God and His world. How can an individual man make a difference. Those thoughts can cause one to be frustrated. On the other hand if a man realizes God made him and has given him spiritual gifts he may be used to change some areas of life. The older you get the more you realize how short your life span will be on this earth. Sometimes we think something is good and then realize it really was not the plan of God. Life is short and we do not want to seriously ask the question, Am I Headed for Failure? Amen? Amen!