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Facing Life With Humility

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November 7, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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Facing Life With Humility

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  • Been struggling with this question.
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  • How do you find true happiness?
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: If you could suddenly take on
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  • one aspect of the personalty of Jesus Christ,
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  • what would you choose?
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  • Well, there was one dimension of Christ's life that
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  • the Apostle Paul said everyone should imitate
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  • and that was his humility.
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  • We often think of humility as softness, or weakness,
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  • or compliance, yet those words
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  • don't describe Christ, nor do they describe
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  • the kind of person King Solomon talks about
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  • in Ecclesiastes.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah preaching a series of messages
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  • and we're tracking Solomon's own search for happiness
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  • in life, what worked and what didn't work.
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  • One of the things Solomon learned that is life has limits
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  • that make us humble.
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  • In today's message, "Facing Life With Humility,"
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  • we'll learn five truths about humility, which I believe
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  • will surprise you but which make perfect sense.
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  • I'll explain all five on today's edition of,
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  • announcer: Now, join us for today's message:
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  • "Facing Life With Humility."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Life has its one way of humbling us.
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  • When life touches us in every area of our living,
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  • sooner or later it will, in some measure,
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  • bring us to our knees.
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  • Doesn't take very long for someone who's on top
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  • to all of a sudden, discover that that's not
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  • a permanent position.
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  • One of my favorite players in the NFL
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  • is a guy named Kurt Warner, wonderful believer
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  • who championed and led the St. Louis Rams
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  • to the Super Bowl, and he was the MVP
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  • of the league and of the game.
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  • And the next thing you know he got hurt a little bit
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  • and while he was out, the back-up guy took his job.
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  • I believe children have been created by God
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  • to keep us humble.
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  • A little girl was talking with her dad one day
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  • and asked where he used to live when he was little.
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  • He said he lived in Chicago.
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  • She said, "Was that in the Old Testament
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  • or the New Testament?"
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  • Even church is a humbling experience, did you know that?
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  • I read recently a statement written by Mark Buchanan,
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  • he writes, "I assume you're like me.
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  • I get itchy skinned and scratchy throated
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  • after an hour or so of church.
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  • I get distracted and cranky when it goes too long.
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  • My feet ache, my backside numbs, my eyes glaze over,
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  • my mind fogs, my belly growls, find myself fighting back yawns
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  • and not fighting them back at all, letting them gape
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  • and roar, and I'm the pastor."
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  • Actor Tom Selleck said whenever he gets full of himself,
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  • he remembers that nice couple who approached him
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  • with a camera on a street in Honolulu one day.
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  • He said, "When I struck a pose for them the man said,
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  • 'No, no, we want you to take a picture of us.'"
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  • No matter what goes on or what you're trying to do,
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  • you always are facing the issues of humility.
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  • Life teaches you humility if you're a willing student.
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  • It will teach you anyway, but it can beat you up
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  • if you don't cooperate and that's what Solomon
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  • is gonna teach us here in the 8th chapter.
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  • He's gonna remind us of all of the things that make us humble.
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  • He's going to teach us that all of these things that
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  • we observe about life are okay.
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  • First of all, he tells us that humility is knowing
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  • what you don't know.
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  • Humility is knowing what you don't know.
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  • He begins in the first verse of the 8th chapter by saying,
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  • "Who is like a wise man?
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  • Who knows the interpretation of a thing?
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  • A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the sternness
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  • of his face is changed."
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  • Over and over in the Bible, we are warned against
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  • being wise in our own eyes.
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  • When this warning is heeded, the result is a happy,
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  • humble Christian.
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  • Listen to what Solomon says here.
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  • He says, "A man who depends on God's wisdom has a shining face,
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  • that is his countenance is changed by the wisdom
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  • God has given him.
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  • He knows what he doesn't know, but he also knows
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  • whom he does know.
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  • Paul wrote these words to the Corinthian believers in
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  • 1 Corinthians 8:2 he said, "If anyone thinks he knows
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  • anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know."
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  • The Bible teaches us that knowledge,
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  • while it is important for us to acquire it,
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  • is a never-ending pursuit.
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  • Let me give you an illustration.
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  • When I started preaching here, the statistics at that time said
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  • the total knowledge of the world changed every 38 years.
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  • In other words, every 38 years, the knowledge
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  • that you could acquire was equal to all the knowledge
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  • that was existed before that.
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  • Now listen to this, today, the knowledge of the world
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  • changes every single year, every single year.
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  • And next year it will happen again, and again, and again,
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  • and it will keep shrinking down until the information curve
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  • can almost be as destructive as a tornado.
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  • The fact of the matter is, wise is the man who knows
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  • what he doesn't know.
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  • Humility is coming to grips with the fact that what we know is
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  • such a small infinitesimal part of the total knowledge available
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  • to mankind, that if anyone ever thinks they're educated
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  • and that makes them a candidate for pride, they just need
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  • to go back and think about the statistics I just shared.
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  • Solomon tells us that when we have true wisdom, it comes
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  • from God and we don't have a stern face worried
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  • about all that we don't know.
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  • We have a shining face because we know the God we do know.
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  • Secondly, humility is living with what you don't like.
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  • All of us are caught in a universe that are controlled
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  • by others than ourselves and every day we have to get up
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  • to the realization that today, we are going to have to do
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  • some stuff we don't want to do, live in a way
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  • we don't want to live, and experience experiences
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  • we'd rather not have.
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  • Solomon uses this sill station in verses 2, through 7.
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  • Let me read the Scripture.
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  • He says, "I say, 'Keep the king's commandment
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  • for the sake of your oath to God.
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  • Do not be hasty to go from his presence.
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  • Do not take your stand for an evil thing,
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  • for he does whatever he pleases.
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  • Where the word of a king is, there is power;
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  • And who may say to him, 'What are you doing?'
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  • He who keeps his command will experience nothing harmful;
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  • A wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment,
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  • Because for every matter there is a time and judgment,
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  • Though the misery of man increases greatly.
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  • For he does not know what will happen; So who can tell him
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  • when it will occur?"
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  • Now, that's a long and wordy paragraph,
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  • but let me just wrap it up for you in a few words.
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  • Nothing can be more humbling than to be in a situation
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  • over which you feel no control.
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  • Solomon here uses the illustration of a king
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  • or a magistrate who is in power and
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  • as a citizen under his power, you don't want to obey
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  • his authority.
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  • Listen to Solomon's Word, "Keep the king's commandment
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  • for the sake of your oath to God,"
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  • not because you like the king.
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  • In other words, even when you don't understand
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  • what in the world the king is doing, and you're not
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  • even sure you agree with it, humble yourself before
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  • his authority for the sake of your allegiance to Almighty God.
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  • This reminds us of what Paul wrote to the Romans
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  • over in the 13th chapter, remember that?
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  • He said, "Let every soul be subject
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  • to the governing authorities.
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  • For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities
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  • that exist are appointed by God.
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  • Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance
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  • of God, and those who resist will bring judgment
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  • on themselves."
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  • Now, of course, Paul and Solomon are not telling us
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  • that we should do things that violate God's standard.
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  • The book of Acts teaches us that it is better to obey God
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  • than to obey man.
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  • If the authorities put us in opposition to God's direct will,
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  • we should disobey the authorities to obey God,
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  • but most of our problems are not like that.
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  • Most of our problems, with authority is,
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  • we think the speed limit should be higher.
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  • Living with what you don't like.
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  • Every day you get up, and you go out into the world,
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  • and you do not have control of what's going on,
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  • and there's a whole bunch of stuff that you have to
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  • deal with that you don't like, and you have to live with it.
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  • And you know what happens when you do that?
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  • It humbles you.
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  • It teaches you humility.
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  • It causes you to realize that you are not in control,
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  • that you're not even sure what the questions are,
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  • let alone what the answers are, and you recognize
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  • your dependence upon Almighty God.
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  • Humility is knowing what you don't know and living
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  • with what you don't like.
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  • Now, thirdly, humility is accepting
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  • what you can't change.
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  • I don't know if there's any control freaks
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  • in this auditorium, but I whether suspect
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  • we have a few.
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  • If your husband is a control freak,
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  • would you raise your hand?
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  • No, no, but you know what?
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  • It is frustrating to get in a situation where you have been
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  • in control and all of a sudden, you're not in control.
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  • And so much of life as we understand it,
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  • and as we learn about it, and as we experience it,
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  • is uncontrollable.
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  • We just think we have a handle on it and then it goes south.
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  • Notice, that Solomon gives us some illustrations of that
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  • in these next verses, verses 8 through 14.
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  • The first illustration he gives us is death.
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  • Verse 8 he says, "No one has power over
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  • the spirit to retain the spirit, And no one has power
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  • in the day of death.
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  • There is no release from that war, and wickedness
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  • will not deliver those who are given to it."
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  • Solomon says, there's something about life
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  • that you can't control.
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  • You know what it is? It's death.
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  • You don't know when it's gonna come or
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  • what the circumstances will be.
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  • The searcher reminds us that there are some things
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  • over which we have no control, death is certainly
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  • one of those things.
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  • There's an old legend that I think about a merchant
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  • in Baghdad who one day sent his servant to the market.
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  • Before very long the servant came back,
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  • he was white and trembling and in great agitation.
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  • He said to his master, "Down at the marketplace today,
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  • I was jostled by a woman in the crowd
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  • and when I turned around, I saw it was death
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  • that jostled me.
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  • She looked at me and made a threatening gesture.
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  • 'Master, please lend me your horse for I must hasten
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  • a way to avoid her.
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  • I will ride to Samarra and there I will hide
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  • and death will not find me.'
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  • And the merchant lent him his horse and the servant
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  • galloped away in great haste.
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  • Later the merchant went down to the marketplace and saw
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  • death standing in the crowd.
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  • He went over to her and asked, 'Why did you frighten
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  • my servant this morning?
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  • Why did you make a threatening gesture toward him?'
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  • 'That was not a threatening gesture,'
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  • death said, 'it was only a start of surprise.
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  • I was surprised and astonished to see him,
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  • for I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.'"
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  • You cannot program the end of your life.
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  • You do not run from death.
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  • It is out of your control, and I'm not trying to be morbid
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  • about this, it's just the way it is.
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  • And then he gives us another illustration in verse 9 he says,
  • 00:15:47.000 --> 00:15:49.080
  • "Not only does death illustrate this,
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  • but distress does as well."
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  • He said, "All this I have seen, and applied my heart to every
  • 00:15:52.170 --> 00:15:55.220
  • work that is done under the sun: There is a time in which
  • 00:15:55.230 --> 00:15:58.280
  • one man rules over another to his own hurt."
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  • Don't be surprised when you are hurt by someone
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  • you once trusted.
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  • According to Solomon, that's life.
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  • That's just the way it is.
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  • Life is filled with distress and wise is the man who
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  • understands and accepts that.
  • 00:16:16.060 --> 00:16:18.060
  • We need to learn how to change what we can change and live
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  • with that over which we have no power.
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  • Change the things you can change but ask yourself,
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  • when you think about all the things that distress you,
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  • how many of these things do I have control over?
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  • Which of these things can I change?
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  • If you can change them, work at changing them,
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  • but if you can't, just accept them and don't let
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  • it ruin your life because that's what happens to so many people.
  • 00:16:39.030 --> 00:16:47.060
  • And I could give you so many illustrations,
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  • but I haven't time.
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  • You know where I'm talking about.
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  • There are just some things in life you can't change.
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  • You gotta learn to accept them.
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:57.020
  • Here's the third illustration, deception.
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  • Verse 10 he says, "Then I saw the wicked buried,
  • 00:16:59.200 --> 00:17:02.070
  • who had come and gone from the place of holiness,
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  • and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done.
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  • This also is vanity."
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  • Warren Wiersbe has a comment here in his book
  • 00:17:10.020 --> 00:17:13.200
  • on Ecclesiastes.
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  • He says, "In verse 10, Solomon reports on a funeral
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:17.240
  • he had attended.
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  • The deceased was a man who had frequented the temple,
  • 00:17:19.140 --> 00:17:21.290
  • the place of the holy, and had received much praise
  • 00:17:22.000 --> 00:17:24.150
  • from the people but he had not lived a godly life.
  • 00:17:24.160 --> 00:17:27.220
  • Yet, he was given a magnificent funeral and an eloquent eulogy
  • 00:17:27.230 --> 00:17:32.100
  • while the truly godly people of the city were ignored
  • 00:17:32.110 --> 00:17:35.000
  • and forgotten."
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  • I remember the story about two brothers,
  • 00:17:36.250 --> 00:17:39.040
  • they were very wealthy and one of them died.
  • 00:17:39.050 --> 00:17:45.220
  • The brother who still lived wanted the pastor to say
  • 00:17:45.230 --> 00:17:48.050
  • something nice about his brother and he said, "I will give
  • 00:17:48.060 --> 00:17:53.120
  • your building program a hundred thousand dollars
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  • if you will tell the people at my brother's funeral
  • 00:17:57.120 --> 00:17:59.280
  • that he was a saint."
  • 00:17:59.290 --> 00:18:04.050
  • The pastor took the hundred thousand dollars,
  • 00:18:04.060 --> 00:18:06.200
  • gave it to the treasurer, and they deposited it
  • 00:18:06.210 --> 00:18:08.140
  • in the church account.
  • 00:18:08.150 --> 00:18:10.010
  • The day came for the brother's funeral
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:13.070
  • and the living brother was sitting there in the front
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:16.280
  • row waiting for the pastor to eulogize his brother.
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:20.260
  • And the pastor got up and as he was talking about the man
  • 00:18:20.270 --> 00:18:24.100
  • who died, he said, "The man whose remains are
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:27.000
  • in that coffin was a crook.
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  • He was an evil man.
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  • He stole from people.
  • 00:18:33.000 --> 00:18:35.020
  • He robbed people.
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  • He did so much he never got caught for.
  • 00:18:36.220 --> 00:18:39.090
  • He was a wicked evil man but next to his brother,
  • 00:18:39.100 --> 00:18:42.040
  • he was a saint."
  • 00:18:42.050 --> 00:18:46.050
  • Isn't that the way it is?
  • 00:18:50.290 --> 00:18:57.210
  • Solomon says sometimes you see this stuff going on,
  • 00:18:57.220 --> 00:19:00.120
  • you can't control it and you just have to accept it.
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  • Don't get all bent out of shape over it.
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  • You can't do anything about it.
  • 00:19:04.230 --> 00:19:05.250
  • That's the way life is.
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:06.290
  • Life sometimes is very deceptive in the way it plays out.
  • 00:19:07.000 --> 00:19:10.100
  • And then he adds one other thing and he takes a couple of verses
  • 00:19:10.110 --> 00:19:13.120
  • to prove this and that's defiance.
  • 00:19:13.130 --> 00:19:15.230
  • Here's another thing you can't control, watch this,
  • 00:19:15.240 --> 00:19:18.040
  • this is so contemporary.
  • 00:19:18.050 --> 00:19:19.160
  • This could be written right off of the paper today.
  • 00:19:19.170 --> 00:19:23.000
  • Verses 11 through 14 he talks about defiance and he says,
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:26.050
  • "Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed
  • 00:19:26.060 --> 00:19:28.230
  • speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set
  • 00:19:28.240 --> 00:19:32.100
  • in them to do evil.
  • 00:19:32.110 --> 00:19:34.060
  • Though a sinner does evil a hundred times,
  • 00:19:34.070 --> 00:19:36.190
  • and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that
  • 00:19:36.200 --> 00:19:38.250
  • it will be well with those who fear God,
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:40.290
  • who fear before Him.
  • 00:19:41.000 --> 00:19:42.010
  • But it will not be well with the wicked;
  • 00:19:42.020 --> 00:19:43.260
  • nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow,
  • 00:19:43.270 --> 00:19:46.190
  • because he does not fear before God."
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:49.000
  • Solomon says sometimes when we look out at life,
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:52.150
  • we see people shaking their fist in the face of God and
  • 00:19:52.160 --> 00:19:54.260
  • they're saying, "I've lived like this all my life.
  • 00:19:54.270 --> 00:19:58.180
  • Nothing's happened to me yet and nothing's gonna happen to me.
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:20:02.210
  • I'm the master of my soul, the captain of my life."
  • 00:20:02.220 --> 00:20:09.160
  • We see that.
  • 00:20:09.170 --> 00:20:10.200
  • We see that often.
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:12.090
  • We see wicked people, antagonistic toward God,
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:17.250
  • and it looks like they're getting away with it
  • 00:20:17.260 --> 00:20:19.190
  • because the Bible says, "Because the sentence
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:21.190
  • against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore
  • 00:20:21.200 --> 00:20:25.110
  • the sons of men believe they can continue to do evil."
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:30.150
  • How foolish of us to think that God is confined
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:33.290
  • to our own clock?
  • 00:20:34.000 --> 00:20:35.240
  • He works on a different timetable, and he hasn't paid
  • 00:20:35.250 --> 00:20:38.140
  • all his debts yet, did you know that?
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:41.000
  • One of these days, there will be a reckoning.
  • 00:20:41.010 --> 00:20:43.150
  • Don't be fooled by the apparent success of wicked, evil men.
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:48.260
  • Well, we've learned from this passage of Scripture that
  • 00:20:48.270 --> 00:20:51.180
  • humility is knowing what you don't know, living with what
  • 00:20:51.190 --> 00:20:54.100
  • you don't like, accepting what you can't change.
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:57.270
  • Here's the fourth one, this is kind of a positive one,
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:21:00.120
  • humility is enjoying what you can't explain.
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:03.130
  • Notice verse 15, "So I commended enjoyment,
  • 00:21:03.140 --> 00:21:06.040
  • because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat,
  • 00:21:06.050 --> 00:21:09.100
  • drink, and be merry; for this will remain with
  • 00:21:09.110 --> 00:21:11.270
  • him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him
  • 00:21:11.280 --> 00:21:14.160
  • under the sun."
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  • I'm sure you remember if you've been following along,
  • 00:21:15.210 --> 00:21:17.290
  • this is the fourth time Solomon has said this.
  • 00:21:18.000 --> 00:21:20.190
  • This is the biggest surprise I have had in studying
  • 00:21:20.200 --> 00:21:22.160
  • the book of Ecclesiastes.
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:23.240
  • How many times Solomon says, enjoy life.
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:27.220
  • You say, "Pastor, you're talking about death,
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:29.020
  • distress, defiance, now you're telling us
  • 00:21:29.030 --> 00:21:31.120
  • to enjoy life?"
  • 00:21:31.130 --> 00:21:32.220
  • That's the whole deal.
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:34.020
  • Solomon says, "You can't change any of that.
  • 00:21:34.030 --> 00:21:35.060
  • It's gonna happen."
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:36.120
  • So, don't get caught up pursuing all of these unanswerable
  • 00:21:36.130 --> 00:21:40.090
  • issues, just accept the fact that some of those things are
  • 00:21:40.100 --> 00:21:43.130
  • the way life is and enjoy the life Almighty God has given you.
  • 00:21:43.140 --> 00:21:46.290
  • Can I get a witness?
  • 00:21:47.000 --> 00:21:49.040
  • He's given us so much good between the time
  • 00:21:49.050 --> 00:21:52.100
  • we are born and the time we die.
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:54.240
  • And sometimes if we're not careful,
  • 00:21:54.250 --> 00:21:56.120
  • we get so energized over these issues,
  • 00:21:56.130 --> 00:21:59.080
  • we don't get our arms around that we don't enjoy the thing
  • 00:21:59.090 --> 00:22:02.260
  • God has given us.
  • 00:22:02.270 --> 00:22:04.200
  • Oh, I hope you hear this.
  • 00:22:04.210 --> 00:22:06.250
  • God has not called us to a morbid existence because
  • 00:22:06.260 --> 00:22:10.020
  • of the of the issues of life we don't comprehend.
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:13.240
  • God has called us to enjoy the things we have.
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:18.090
  • He tells us that we're to enjoy life and delight in the fruit
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:21.120
  • of our labor, that means if you have money
  • 00:22:21.130 --> 00:22:24.200
  • and you're a good steward, enjoy what you have left.
  • 00:22:24.210 --> 00:22:28.100
  • This is not eat, drink, and be merry like the world,
  • 00:22:28.110 --> 00:22:32.000
  • but this is the positive faith outlook
  • 00:22:32.010 --> 00:22:34.240
  • of the children of God who understand that life is
  • 00:22:34.250 --> 00:22:37.120
  • a special gift from the Almighty and he gives us ritually
  • 00:22:37.130 --> 00:22:40.290
  • all things to enjoy.
  • 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:43.260
  • Finally, the last thing Solomon teaches us is that
  • 00:22:43.270 --> 00:22:47.030
  • humility is discovering what you can't discover.
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:50.180
  • It's discovering what you can't discover.
  • 00:22:50.190 --> 00:22:52.130
  • Did you know there's some things you cannot find out?
  • 00:22:52.140 --> 00:22:55.140
  • He said, "When I applied my heart to know wisdom," verse 16,
  • 00:22:55.150 --> 00:22:58.290
  • "and to see the business that is done on earth, even though
  • 00:22:59.000 --> 00:23:01.120
  • one sees no sleep day or night, then I saw
  • 00:23:01.130 --> 00:23:04.280
  • all the work of God, that a man cannot find
  • 00:23:04.290 --> 00:23:07.020
  • out the work that is done under the sun.
  • 00:23:07.030 --> 00:23:09.040
  • For though a man labors to discover it,
  • 00:23:09.050 --> 00:23:11.030
  • yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man
  • 00:23:11.040 --> 00:23:14.020
  • attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it."
  • 00:23:14.030 --> 00:23:17.060
  • You say, "Pastor Jeremiah, why is that?
  • 00:23:17.070 --> 00:23:19.090
  • Why is there so much in this world we can't discover?
  • 00:23:19.100 --> 00:23:22.130
  • We're turning over knowledge now every year and yet the Bible
  • 00:23:22.140 --> 00:23:26.040
  • says there's so much we'll never discover.
  • 00:23:26.050 --> 00:23:29.040
  • Oh, we'll keep trying and some of the things we thought
  • 00:23:29.050 --> 00:23:31.070
  • we would never discover before, we're discovering now
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:34.130
  • but there are always be much that we can't discover.
  • 00:23:34.140 --> 00:23:38.140
  • God didn't just accidentally forget to tell us something.
  • 00:23:38.150 --> 00:23:43.060
  • God has concealed things from us.
  • 00:23:43.070 --> 00:23:46.210
  • He knows the secrets.
  • 00:23:46.220 --> 00:23:48.180
  • We can be discoverers but we will never make
  • 00:23:48.190 --> 00:23:51.120
  • the ultimate discovery because God is undiscoverable
  • 00:23:51.130 --> 00:23:57.280
  • in his ultimate nature.
  • 00:23:57.290 --> 00:24:00.280
  • He is infinite and we are finite,
  • 00:24:00.290 --> 00:24:04.080
  • and that's why we bow before him in worship.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You know, we've grown used to living
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  • in a culture where somebody will sell us
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  • a solution for every problem, but Solomon says there will
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  • always be things we can't know, things we don't like,
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  • things we can't change, that we can't explain,
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  • That's just life.
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  • And a wise and humble person acknowledges those limitations
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  • and doesn't allow them to destroy his happiness.
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  • Some things just have to be left to God,
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  • which suggests having a relationship with him.
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  • Well, I'd love to encourage you to consider knowing God
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  • through his Son Jesus Christ, and I have two gifts to send you
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  • which I believe will help.
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  • One is a booklet called, "Your Greatest Turning Point"
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  • and the other is our monthly devotional magazine
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  • called "Turning Points."
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  • Now, we'll gladly send both of these resources to you free
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  • of charge if you will contact us here at "Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiah has a Bible for every member
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  • of the family.
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  • There are numerous versions of "The Jeremiah Study Bible,"
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  • perfect for adults and teens.
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  • And the "Airship Genesis Kids' Study Bible" will bring
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  • Contact "Turning Point" for more information or to order today.
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  • announcer: Next week on Turning Point.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I can't do what God has called me to do
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  • in my own strength, and I would just be
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  • making mistake after mistake, falling into the pit and doing
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  • all the kinds of stuff that Solomon talks about if
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  • it weren't for the hand of God on my life in response
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  • to my simple prayer, "Lord God, please give me wisdom."
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join Dr. Jeremiah next week for his message, "Fools Rush In,"
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  • here on "Turning Point ."
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