Lord, It's Hard to be Humble! (9 of 13) by Steve Wagers

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Lord, It's Hard to be Humble! (9 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book Ecclesiastes
Steve N. Wagers
Ecclesiastes 8:1-17
October 9, 2005

Sermon Outline
A. The Mystery of Wisdom!
B. The Mark of Wisdom!
A. The Certainty of an Ended Life!
B. The Tragedy of an Empty Life!
A. Embrace the Government of God!
B. Enjoy the Goodness of God!

1. I read this week about a young preacher who was asked by the local funeral director to hold a graveside burial service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started early, but quickly got himself lost making several wrong turns. Eventually, a half-hour late, he saw a backhoe and its crew, but the hearse was nowhere in sight and the workmen were eating lunch.

2. The diligent young pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place. Feeling guilty because of his tardiness, he preached a passionate and lengthy service, sending the deceased to the great beyond in style. As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say, "I've been putting in septic tanks for 20 years, and I ain't ever seen anything like that."

3. Humility is a subject that is easy to preach, but hard to practice. We must be humble, without ever knowing that we are humble. Whenever a person tries to be humble they run the risk of becoming proud of their humility. I don't believe that humility is something for which we should pray, but I do believe humility is something by which we should practice.

4. The Bible has much to say about the matter of humility. One thing we learn is that God gives special attention to the humble. In Psalm 138: 6 we learn that God perceives the humble. We read, "Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off."

5. In Luke 18: 14 we see that God promotes the humbl ...

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