Our Destiny Awaits

The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. – Ecclesiastes 9:3 (NIV)

​What Solomon says here seems so true in this day and age in which we find ourselves living.  There are people who somehow manage to do a few good deeds while they live, but all around us are those who do horrible things.  We cannot watch the news without a sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs due to the violence and evil all around us.  Yet, Solomon says, the fate of those who are righteous and the fate of the evil are the same – we all die.  So why shouldn’t we just act on our basest instincts and do whatever we feel like doing, right or wrong?
The answer is Jesus.  For those who trust in Christ, we know that we have been forgiven.  We know that we have been set free from the guilt and shame of our sin.  We have been made new creations by the grace of God through faith in Jesus.  We have hope beyond the grave.  While we may have the same fate of the wicked (death), we have hope of eternity with our Heavenly Father.  This should be the driving force to live holy, righteous lives.  Not the fear of judgment or wrath, but the promise of Heaven.  We should desire to please our Heavenly Father for He has not only created us, He has also bought us with the precious blood of His Son that was shed on the cross.​  We will all be judged, but for the Christian, we will be found innocent of all charges. This is our hope.  This is what separates us from those who have no fear of God.
Let us enjoy the lives we have been given and let us use them to please God and to share the good news of Jesus with those who have yet to hear of His amazing love and grace.

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 (NIV)

So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.

As it is with the good,
    so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
    so with those who are afraid to take them.

This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

For the living know that they will die,
    but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
    and even their name is forgotten.
Their love, their hate
    and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
    in anything that happens under the sun.

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

11 I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

As fish are caught in a cruel net,
    or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
    that fall unexpectedly upon them.

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