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What's the Answer?      Eccl. 11:1-5,9-10; 12:13-14       August 25, 2003

                                                                    (HCSB)

 

Introduction

       There are multitudes of questions throughout life. What are the answers to the most important questions?

Have you asked and answered the question, “what will you do with Jesus,” or “what have you done with Jesus?”

From eternity’s perspective I think that is the most important question we could be asked and know the correct answer.

  

1.   What Is The Answer? . . Partially To Invest In Life. 11:1-5 

       A.   Partially Invest . . Expecting A Return . . 11:1-3

       1 Send your bread on the surface of the waters, for after many days you may find it.

       2 Give a portion to seven or even to eight, for you don't know what disaster may happen on earth.

       3 If the clouds are full, they will pour out rain on the earth; whether a tree falls to the south or the north, the

       place where the tree falls, there it will lie.

 

       B.   Partially Invest . . Experiencing The Work of God. 11:4-5

       4 One who watches the wind will not sow, and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap.

       5 Just as you don't know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so

       you don't know the work of God who makes everything.


       How can we invest in life? Years ago I heard it quoted, “the best way to live life is to live, life so it will out live your life.” I think that certainly has merit. We should expect a return when we invest, time, talent or treasure. It is my opinion when we invest our resources in the work of Christ it certainly is a blessing to us, as others follow Christ because of the methods the people Christ used. We should be able to look back and see people following and being blessed because of the foot prints left by our generation of believers. A great song says, “may all who come behind me find me faithful.” That should be the plea of all of us.


 

2.   What Is The Answer? Respectfully Enjoy the . . Pleasures of Life. 11:9-10

       A.   Enjoy the Pleasures of Life . . Recognizing the Judgement of God. 11:9

       9 Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. And walk

       in the ways of your heart and in the sights of your eyes; but know that for all of these things God will bring

       you to judgment.

 

       B.   Enjoy the Pleasures of Life . . Removing Sorrow As Best You Can. 11:10

       10 Remove sorrow from your heart, and put away pain from your flesh, because youth and the prime of life

       are fleeting.


       Do you enjoy some of the pleasures of life? Sometimes it does not take a lot. Many vacations offer us some of the pleasures of life. We can enjoy good times in the commands of the Lord and not be afraid that the judgement of God may follow. Recently I shared I am not afraid of the judgement of God because I know He is a loving and merciful God who will judge kindly and correctly. As a boy, at times I dreaded my parents judgement because I knew I had been disobedient and hoped I could get by without discipline. We can remove sorrow by being obedient to the command of the Lord.



3.   What Is The Answer? Respectfully Practice the . . Principals of God.        11:13-14

       A.   Practice the Principals of God with . . Fear and Obedience of God. 11:13

       13 When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands,

              because this is for all humanity.

 

       B.   Practice the Principals of God with . . Faith In The Judgement of God. 11:14

       14 For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.


       Some people do not understand the fear of God. Go to an unabridged dictionary and the word

reverence is included for the definition of fear. To me it is the reverential awesome fear of God. I don’t approach God with fear but I do approach Him with reverence and respect. Through Christ I believe God is

my friend and it is my desire to obey Him and all of His commands. I fail at times and I want to confess and

ask for forgiveness quickly. I consider it a pleasure to go to God and ask for forgiveness although I am disappointed in myself and want to do better. I understand all my sinful acts will come into judgement as a disobedient Christian. Normally I have made a quick trip to my knees so to speak as I ask for forgiveness. So What's the Answer? Faithful Obedience.