Grace for Your Day September 27

In May of 2020, rioting broke out in several major cities of the United States over the murder of a black man by a white police officer. In the minds of many people, the violence was not in response to police brutality as much as it was over the issue of injustice. They claimed that it was not right for a police officer to attack someone over the color of their skin. The irony, however, is that more people were killed from the rioting than that one atrocious act but the fact remains that injustice is still a problem in our world today.

It was also a problem in Solomon’s world because he says in Ecclesiastes 4:1:
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them. 

The phrase “under the sun” is an important one in the Book of Ecclesiastes because it is used more than 30 times to say that this is what life is like without God. It is unjust because no one comforts the oppressed. They are abused, mistreated, and neglected yet no one seems to care. This made Solomon so upset that he goes on to say in verses 2-3:
So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living. But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
 
This is a bleak statement but it means that, without God, it is better off to be dead. If you take Him out of the picture, then the only thing you have is pain because life is so evil. However, if you remember Him, there is hope because God will deal with it in the end. He will not let the wicked succeed forever which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This Sunday, we are going to continue our studies in the Book of Ecclesiastes with a sermon entitled “Life Is Not Fair.” This is an important topic because we have all been tempted to use that expression from time-to-time. We have all been tempted to complain that this world is unjust but Solomon reminds us that God is aware of it. He knows how wicked this world is and a day is coming when He will fix it.

In fact, that is how he closes out the Book of Ecclesiastes because 12:14 says, “For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” In other words, you cannot hide from God. You may be able to do bad things and get away with it under the sun but you cannot do it under Heaven for the Lord sees everything.

Please join us as study that important truth and draw comfort from it. This world is a bad place but our God rules over it all so we have nothing to worry about if we put our trust in Him. – Jeremy Cagle

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