27
Apr
15

A Life Worth Living

An over inflated sense of self-righteousness is equal to a life of sinful living, according to Solomon.  He says that we should neither be “overrighteous” nor “overwicked.”  Why would he say such a thing?  Because of what verse 15 says:

In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
    and the wicked living long in their wickedness. – Ecclesiastes 7:15 (NIV)

There are self-righteous people who die at a young age and there are wicked, sinful people who live long into old age.  The self-righteous person who believes that God should show favoritism to him or her is confounded by this seeming lack of unfairness.  Yet Solomon does warn the wicked person not to be “overwicked” or “a fool” because their foolishness and wickedness can lead to a premature death.
Instead, Solomon says to go for the middle ground.

Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. – Ecclesiastes 7:18b (NIV)

Your self-righteousness cannot save you – only God’s grace through faith in Christ can do that.  A life spent in reckless pursuit of sin will most likely lead to an early grave.  Instead, live your life pursuing God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, as Jesus said to do in Matthew 6.  This is a life worth living.
Ecclesiastes 7:13-18 (NIV)

Consider what God has done:

Who can straighten
    what he has made crooked?
14 When times are good, be happy;
    but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
    as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
    anything about their future.

15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:

the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
    and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
16 Do not be overrighteous,
    neither be overwise—
    why destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overwicked,
    and do not be a fool—
    why die before your time?
18 It is good to grasp the one
    and not let go of the other.
    Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.

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