04
May
15

Honoring God With Your Life

In Ecclesiastes 8:9-13, we see a general principle at work.  Those who are wicked may live a long time, but generally speaking, life will go better for those who fear God.

Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. 13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.​ – Ecclesiastes 8:12-13) NIV)​

There are times in our lives when we will wonder why things are going the way they do.  We’ll question and wonder if we’ve done something wrong or if we are being punished.  Like I said, this is a general principle, not a hard and fast rule.  There are wicked people who are punished for their wickedness.  There are righteous people who fear God and are blessed.  In tomorrow’s passage, we’ll see that the opposite is also true.  Why is this the case?  It is because, generally speaking, God doesn’t play favorites.
Jesus affirmed this in the Sermon on the Mount:

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. – Matthew 5:45 (NIV)

Instead of looking around at others, focus on yourself and your relationship with God.  Do you fear God?  Do you reverently worship Him?  Are you trusting Him?  Are you living your life to honor Him?  If so, then you can rest assured that things will ultimately work out for the best for you.  We may have troubles, trials, tests and tribulations in this world, but for those who trust in Jesus Christ, we know that this world isn’t the end of things.  God will work all things together for good according to Romans 8:28.  Someone once said something to the effect of, “It will all work out in the end.  If it hasn’t worked out, then it’s not the end.”  Trust God and honor Him with your life and know that He is working everything out for your ultimate good.
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Ecclesiastes 8:9-13 (NIV)

All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt. 10 Then too, I saw the wicked buried—those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.

11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. 12 Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. 13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.

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