Today’s passage: Ecclesiastes 7:1-14
- Death can be a great teacher for us if we are willing to learn from it.
- We cannot change what God has decreed. He is sovereign and good. But that doesn’t mean everything that happens will be easy or immediately enjoyable. God has made some things to be “crooked”. Satan is not overpowering Him when “bad” things happen.
- “Bad things” are not sin, but they are a consequence of the curse.
- “Bad things” are not even bad things when God is in it. We tend to call whatever makes our lives uncomfortable and inconvenienced, “Bad things”, while God calls them “sanctifiers.” (See Romans 8)
- People try to escape the reality of death or suffering by:
- Chasing after money (Even at the cost/hurt of others)
- Impatience (Always chasing after something new, never finishing)
- Anger (If I can’t control it, I will yell at it)
- Nostalgia (Fond memories of the past can’t change, and the evils can’t get any worse when stuck in time)
Questions to consider:
- How can death teach us more than birth? How does the reality of death cause us to number our days and to keep eternity in view?
- Why do we call hardships “bad”? What is the cause of our anger at God during hardships?
- Which of these methods of escapism are you most prone to participate in? Are there others you might have run to in the past?