IN THE HAND OF GOD
Eccles. 9:1-6; 13-18
March 28, 1994
INTRODUCTION: Woody Allen once said, "I'm not afraid to die; I
just don't want to be there when it happens." The Bible teaches
that death is not an accident; it's an appointment
(Heb 9:27), a destiny that nobody but God can cancel or change.
It is in this text that Solomon comes to terms with reality.
Thus far, chapter after monotonous chapter, his writings have
been devoted to the subject of emptiness. In effect, he is
saying, "I've tried all those things and they do not satisfy.
Allow me to save you the trouble, my reader friend. Let me
introduce to you that which has substance, the things you can
count on. These things are reliable. I know, I've been there!"
Solomon presents to us the major realities that give life
definition and meaning.
I. THE SOVEREIGNTY OF DEITY. v.1
Life and death are "in the hand of God"
and only He knows our future. Among the
inescapable, inevitable realities, first
and foremost there is the sovereign hand
of God. Regardless of rank, status, color,
creed, age, heritage, intelligence, or
temperament, "the hand
of God" is upon us.
It tells us, among other things, that
nothing is out of control; nor are we
useless, despairing robots stumbling
awkwardly through time and space, facing
a bleak fate at the end. But neither
does this mean we are given periodic
briefings about His strategy.
Solomon was not suggesting that we are
passive actors in a cosmic drama ...
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