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November 6, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • How do you find true happiness?
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: When we say someone is wise
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  • what do we mean?
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  • I mean, we usually mean he's intelligent or she has
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  • a brilliant intuition or he can answer our questions about life.
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  • But in the Old Testament wisdom had a more concrete meaning.
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  • The word for wisdom was a word that meant skill.
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  • A wise person knew how to live life skillfully,
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  • knew how to live life from God's perspective.
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  • You know, king Solomon wrote more about wisdom
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  • than anyone else in the Bible and we're studying
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  • what he wrote in Ecclesiastes about finding true happiness
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  • by looking at life skillfully, by living a wise life.
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  • Today's message, "Wisdom to be Thankful For,"
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  • brings to our search for happiness.
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  • "Wisdom to be Thankful For."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Here in the last half
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  • of chapter 7 we discovered two gigantic reasons
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  • for gratitude.
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  • If we have wisdom we should be thankful for the perspective
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  • of wisdom and for its power in our lives.
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  • First of all, in verses 11 through 18,
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  • Solomon teaches us that we should thank God
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  • for the perspective of wisdom.
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  • Wisdom may not solve all of our problems.
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  • It may not make all of the tough things good but wisdom gives us
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  • an understanding of what's going on.
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  • It helps us to see things in perspective.
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  • For instance, wisdom helps us to deal with prosperity.
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  • Verses 11 and 12 say: "Wisdom is good
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  • with an inheritance, and profitable to those
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  • who see the sun.
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  • For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense,
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  • but the excellence of knowledge is that
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  • wisdom gives life to those who have it."
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  • It is better, said Solomon, to have wisdom than
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  • to have a good fortune or a good inheritance.
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  • Wisdom does not depreciate, nor is it subject to inflation.
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  • And Solomon says that a person who has wisdom
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  • and wealth is doubly blessed.
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  • In fact, it becomes his defense twice over.
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  • Wisdom gives life to those who have it.
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  • That is what Solomon said in Proverbs.
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  • That's what he says here, Proverbs 8:35.
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  • He says: "For whoever finds me," wisdom, "finds life,
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  • and obtains favor from the Lord."
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  • According to Solomon, wisdom is like a shelter
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  • to those who have it and it's a greater source
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  • of security than money could ever be.
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  • Next he says that wisdom helps us
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  • to deal with providence.
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  • Notice verses 13 and 14: "Consider the work of God;
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  • for who can make straight what he has made crooked?
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  • In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day
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  • of adversity consider: surely God has appointed the one
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  • as well as the other, so that man can find out nothing
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  • that will come after him."
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  • Solomon says the truth of the matter is that affliction
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  • is the appointment of God and it's the crooked thing
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  • we can't fix.
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  • Solomon says that the crooked thing is adversity.
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  • And the truth of the matter is that affliction is
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  • this appointment of God and the crooked thing that
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  • we think needs straightening is the presence
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  • of affliction and adversity.
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  • Walter Kaiser who was a wonderful scholar
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  • has paraphrased these verses that we just read like this,
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  • and I want to read his paraphrase.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • "Look with wonder, admire, and silently wait for the result
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  • of God's work.
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  • The contrasts of life are deliberately allowed by God
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  • so that men should ultimately develop a simple trust
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  • and dependence in God.
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  • For prosperity and the goods from God's hand,
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  • be thankful and rejoice," which is what we're doing today.
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  • "But in adversity and the crookedness of life, think.
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  • Reflect on the goodness of God and the comprehensiveness
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  • of his plan for men."
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  • What Solomon teaches us is that we ought to thank God
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  • that we have learned from the troubles we've had too.
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  • We all rejoice when everything's good and we're so thankful but
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  • can you learn from God how to be thankful that in the midst
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  • of the storm God's there.
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  • I'll tell you the truth.
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  • God is never closer to you than he is when you're going through
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  • adversity and you almost--
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  • you almost feel sorry for people who have never been
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  • in that place to see and to sense
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  • the wonderful provision of God.
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  • And then Solomon adds, if I might paraphrase,
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  • "Don't even think about it.
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  • You will never figure God out anyway so don't even try
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  • to think about it.
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  • Don't worry about it.
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  • He knows the future, you don't, so just let God
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  • be God and you be you."
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  • Wisdom to deal with prosperity, wisdom to deal with providence.
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  • And then he adds his third thought in verses 15 through 18:
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  • wisdom to deal with the puzzles of life.
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  • Now, you know, life is full of puzzles.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • Every day there's a puzzle, things you can't figure out.
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  • One of the puzzles he talks about in verse 15 is the puzzle
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  • of reversed rewards.
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  • Notice: "I have seen everything," he said,
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  • "in my days of vanity: There is a just man who
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  • perishes in his righteousness, and there's a wicked man
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  • who prolongs life in his wickedness."
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  • "As you do not know what is the way of the wind,
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  • or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,
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  • so you do not know the works of God
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  • who makes everything."
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  • You don't.
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  • You can't figure it out.
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  • Does that bother you?
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  • I can't comprehend him.
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  • Why?
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  • His ways are higher than my ways.
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  • His thoughts than my thoughts.
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  • He's the inscrutable God of history.
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  • That's why I worship him.
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  • If I could fully understand him he would be no more of a God
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  • than I am.
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  • He's the God of history, the God of providence,
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  • the God I worship, the God I give gratitude for
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  • all that he does, even though I don't always
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  • understand it.
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  • We know that God is loving, we know that God cares about his
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  • children, and at the same time we know that God is powerful,
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  • he can do anything he wants.
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  • How God's love and his power are blended together to create
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  • his will we do not know and we cannot know.
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  • Solomon says we need to accept it.
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  • Remember, do not let what you can't understand keep you from
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  • enjoying what you have from God.
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  • Well, that's the puzzle of reversed rewards
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  • and now we come to the puzzle of righteous rhetoric.
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  • And this is really one of the most difficult passages
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  • in the book of Ecclesiastes, and it's the most
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  • misinterpreted passage in the entire book.
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  • Listen to what Solomon says in verses 16 and 18
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  • and you won't have to ask me why it's misinterpreted
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  • after you read it with me.
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  • "Do not be overly righteous, do not be overly wise:
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  • why should you destroy yourself?
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  • Do not be overly wicked, nor be foolish: why should
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  • you die before your time?
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  • It is good that you grasp this, and also not remove your hand
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  • from the other; for he who fears God
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  • will escape them all."
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  • Now many liberal scholars say, "Oh, here's the proof text.
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  • What you need is moderate holiness.
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  • Let's all applaud mediocrity.
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  • Don't be very good and don't be very bad; just be medium."
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  • Have you ever talked to anybody like that?
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  • Sometimes you'll talk to somebody about their walk
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  • with the Lord, you say, "Do you know God?"
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  • And what do they say?
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  • "Well, I'm not as bad as a lot of people I know
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  • and I'm surely not as good as some people I know.
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  • I guess I'm just sort of medium."
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  • They use this as their text.
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  • I'll tell you what, medium won't get you into heaven.
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  • It won't.
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  • Medium will send you straight to hell.
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  • You can be medium and get there just as fast as if you're wicked
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  • because it's not saying, "Just be partially good,
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  • don't be totally bad."
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  • What Solomon is saying here is in the Hebrew language,
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  • it's reflexive and he's saying, "Whatever you do,
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  • don't go around bragging about how good you are
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  • and don't go around bragging about how humble you are.
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  • Don't be filled with righteousness
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  • that's self-centered.
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  • Don't be wise in your own eyes," as he mentions
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  • in the book of Proverbs.
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  • Don't be going around telling everybody how good you are.
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  • And on the other hand, don't be going around bragging
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  • about how bad you are.
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  • That's not where it's coming from.
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  • The fact is, this verse is not cautioning against
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  • being too righteous.
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  • It's warning us against righteous rhetoric that's not
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  • backed up by righteous living.
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  • Solomon has made it clear in verse 20 that there aren't
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  • any righteous people so he can't be talking here
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  • about true righteousness.
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  • He's speaking out against the self-righteousness
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  • of the hypocrite and the false wisdom
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  • of the proud, and in both cases, these sins lead to destruction.
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  • The way to avoid the ditch of self-righteousness
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  • and false humility is to stay in the middle.
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  • And the middle of the road is verse 18:
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  • "It is good for you that you grasp this, and also
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  • not remove your hand from the other; for he who fears God
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  • will escape them all."
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  • How do you keep from coming off self--have you ever been
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  • around a self-righteous person?
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  • Oh my, our churches are full of 'em.
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  • I mean, you can see it dripping off of 'em
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  • when they walk up to you.
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  • They even have a little church voice.
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  • Have you noticed?
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  • Oh, you know, God spare us from those folks.
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  • He's saying don't get caught up in self-righteousness
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  • and don't be walking around bad-mouthing yourself
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  • all the time.
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  • What you need to do is walk in the fear of God.
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  • That's what Solomon is saying.
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  • Stay off each of the side roads and stay on the center road.
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  • Fear God and walk with him.
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  • But he says you better grab hold of that one.
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  • Grasp that one with your hands.
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  • Well, I gotta hurry or we're not gonna get finished.
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  • Thank God for the perspective of wisdom, verses 11 through 18,
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  • and now let's finish up this chapter and thank God
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  • for the power of wisdom.
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  • He's gonna talk to us here about how wisdom,
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  • while it doesn't solve everything,
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  • and it doesn't give you the answers
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  • to all the questions you wish you had answers to, wisdom,
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  • first of all, gives you perspective
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  • as we've learned.
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  • Helps you understand providence.
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  • It helps you understand prosperity.
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  • Helps you figure out some of the puzzles or at least understand
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  • what they're all about.
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  • But now Solomon's gonna teach us that wisdom also has
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  • a power resident in it.
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  • He says in verses 19 and 20: "Wisdom strengthens the wise
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  • more than ten rulers of the city.
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  • There's not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin."
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  • Wisdom to deal with the problems we encounter.
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  • The wise person fears the Lord so much that he has power.
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  • He is fearing the Lord so much he doesn't fear any man at all.
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  • Yeah, that's the kind of a power you need.
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  • I fear God so much I don't fear man at all.
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  • He walks with the Lord, he's confident that
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  • he was gonna be all right, he faces the sinfulness of man
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  • and the problem of his own sin.
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  • He finds his answers in his God because that is where his Spirit
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  • reverence is centered.
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  • He is strengthened by his wisdom and he becomes more powerful
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  • than ten rulers of the city.
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  • He faces problems with confidence
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  • because he knows his God.
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  • What is it the Old Testament says?
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  • They that know their God shall do exploits.
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  • When you know God, you can be strong,
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  • not worry about what else people are saying.
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  • I always think about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
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  • in the Old Testament who were told
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  • if they didn't bow down they were gonna burn.
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  • They didn't bow down and they were supposed to burn
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  • but they didn't.
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  • And they basically said, "You know, we serve a great God.
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  • If he wants to deliver us, fine.
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  • If he doesn't, it's okay.
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  • He's our God and we trust him and we're not afraid of you,
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  • Nebuchadnezzar."
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  • When you know God, you can be strong.
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  • You can be confident.
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  • You can have the wisdom to deal with the problems you encounter.
  • 00:15:50.080 --> 00:15:52.230
  • Here's one that every one of us will get into, verses 21 and 22:
  • 00:15:52.240 --> 00:15:56.050
  • wisdom to deal with the people you employ.
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  • "Do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear
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  • your servant cursing you.
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  • For many times, also, your own heart has known that
  • 00:16:04.050 --> 00:16:06.110
  • even you have cursed others."
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  • If we get upset when people talk about us, we're holding them to
  • 00:16:08.260 --> 00:16:11.270
  • a higher standard than we hold ourselves 'cause we're prone
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  • to do the same thing."
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • Just when you feel upset 'cause somebody's talking about you,
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  • you're talking about them.
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  • Wisdom to deal with problems we encounter with the people
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  • we employ.
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  • Here's the third one: wisdom to deal with perplexities
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  • we experience.
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  • He says in verses 23 to 25: "All this I have proved
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  • by wisdom.
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  • I said, 'I will be wise'; but it was far from me.
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  • As for that which is far off and exceedingly deep,
  • 00:16:39.260 --> 00:16:42.060
  • who can find it out?
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  • I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom
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  • and the reason of things, to know the wickedness of folly,
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  • even the foolishness of madness."
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  • Solomon says, "I can't understand all these things."
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  • There's a whole book full of stuff here that he said he
  • 00:16:57.070 --> 00:16:59.090
  • doesn't understand but, you know what, he's okay with it
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:17:01.280
  • because he understands his God.
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  • And his God is in charge of all understanding.
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  • It's like that old phrase we used to use when I was
  • 00:17:11.130 --> 00:17:13.070
  • growing up as a boy: "I don't know about the future
  • 00:17:13.080 --> 00:17:17.040
  • but I know who holds the future.
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  • I know him."
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  • Solomon is telling us don't get obsessed with the things
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  • you can't understand because if you keep trying to do that,
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:28.220
  • you will just drive yourself crazy.
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  • There's so much about this world and this life we can't
  • 00:17:32.010 --> 00:17:34.230
  • comprehend but the one thing we do know is that God is good.
  • 00:17:34.240 --> 00:17:38.270
  • Remember that little trilogy: God's plan is good,
  • 00:17:38.280 --> 00:17:41.270
  • his purpose is clear, but his program's mysterious.
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  • I'm gonna live in the first two and let him deal with the third.
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  • I love his plan and his purpose.
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:54.060
  • I know that.
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  • I don't understand sometimes what he's up to,
  • 00:17:55.260 --> 00:17:58.230
  • but that's all right.
  • 00:17:58.240 --> 00:18:01.160
  • Wisdom to deal with the problems we encounter and the people we
  • 00:18:01.170 --> 00:18:04.020
  • employ and the perplexities we experience, and now number four,
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:08.230
  • and last, wisdom to deal with the pitfalls we escape.
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  • Notice verses 26 through 29.
  • 00:18:12.030 --> 00:18:13.180
  • This almost seems like it's out of place
  • 00:18:13.190 --> 00:18:15.010
  • in this chapter, but it's not.
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:17.020
  • He said, "And I find more bitter than death the woman
  • 00:18:18.040 --> 00:18:20.170
  • whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are fetters.
  • 00:18:20.180 --> 00:18:24.160
  • He who pleases God shall escape from her, but the sinner
  • 00:18:24.170 --> 00:18:27.240
  • shall be trapped by her."
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:30.200
  • Solomon ends this chapter on a really strange note but,
  • 00:18:30.210 --> 00:18:33.150
  • especially you men, listen up.
  • 00:18:33.160 --> 00:18:34.160
  • This is for all of us.
  • 00:18:34.170 --> 00:18:35.180
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:37.100
  • He talks about the power of wisdom to keep us
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  • out of illicit relationships.
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:42.080
  • 'Cause wisdom will keep you from falling into the pit,
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:45.100
  • being snared into an illicit relationship or wisdom
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  • will keep you out of an affair, that's what he's saying.
  • 00:18:49.190 --> 00:18:52.170
  • Ray Stedman, a pastor who used to pastor up
  • 00:18:52.180 --> 00:18:55.090
  • in the northern part of California who's now
  • 00:18:55.100 --> 00:18:57.220
  • with the Lord, wrote in one of his writings
  • 00:18:57.230 --> 00:18:59.220
  • about Ecclesiastes, he said, "Solomon was trapped himself
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:02.200
  • by sexual seductions.
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  • He went looking for love.
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  • Many a man or woman can echo what he is saying.
  • 00:19:07.130 --> 00:19:09.220
  • He went looking for love and thought he would find it
  • 00:19:09.230 --> 00:19:11.210
  • in a relationship with a woman.
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:14.060
  • He went looking for that which would support him,
  • 00:19:14.070 --> 00:19:16.040
  • strengthen him, and make him feel
  • 00:19:16.050 --> 00:19:17.240
  • life was worth the living but what he found was nothing
  • 00:19:17.250 --> 00:19:20.090
  • but a fleeting sexual thrill.
  • 00:19:20.100 --> 00:19:23.000
  • He found himself involved with a woman who did not give him
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:25.200
  • what he was looking for at all.
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:27.090
  • He still felt the same empty loneliness as before."
  • 00:19:27.100 --> 00:19:32.020
  • Solomon says, "Be wise, men.
  • 00:19:32.030 --> 00:19:34.090
  • Don't get caught up in the idea that the grass
  • 00:19:34.100 --> 00:19:36.180
  • is greener on the other side.
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:40.010
  • Don't get caught up and think that you can find meaning and
  • 00:19:40.020 --> 00:19:43.240
  • happiness and fulfillment and all that you've been looking for
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:47.280
  • in some woman who's not your wife."
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:54.160
  • One day, a guy asked me, he says,
  • 00:19:54.170 --> 00:19:56.100
  • "Well, Pastor Jeremiah, what if I married
  • 00:19:56.110 --> 00:19:59.090
  • the wrong woman?"
  • 00:19:59.100 --> 00:20:02.040
  • And I always say the same thing: "If you're married,
  • 00:20:02.050 --> 00:20:04.040
  • you're married to the right woman."
  • 00:20:04.050 --> 00:20:08.070
  • And you just settle that and get rid of that discussion
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:10.150
  • right there.
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.210
  • You better honor that woman and don't let the devil get you
  • 00:20:12.220 --> 00:20:17.020
  • caught up in the idea that you can find something better
  • 00:20:17.030 --> 00:20:20.100
  • somewhere else 'cause it never really happens that way.
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:24.280
  • It comes with a bitter, bitter price.
  • 00:20:24.290 --> 00:20:28.040
  • That's just the way it is.
  • 00:20:28.050 --> 00:20:31.070
  • You look back and some of you, I'm not picking on any of you
  • 00:20:31.080 --> 00:20:33.180
  • who've had difficult times in your life, maybe you've been
  • 00:20:33.190 --> 00:20:36.030
  • through a divorce and you come to church here and you know we
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:38.270
  • love you and serve you and work with you and don't even think
  • 00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:42.100
  • about you being any different than the rest of us except
  • 00:20:42.110 --> 00:20:44.160
  • if we could sit down over a cup of coffee
  • 00:20:44.170 --> 00:20:46.210
  • in the Curbside Café here and talk about what it's like,
  • 00:20:46.220 --> 00:20:50.290
  • you would tell your story.
  • 00:20:51.000 --> 00:20:53.210
  • And your story would be filled with God's grace in helping you
  • 00:20:53.220 --> 00:20:56.070
  • through this, giving you another chance,
  • 00:20:56.080 --> 00:20:58.160
  • but it would also be filled with a sorrow that goes almost
  • 00:20:58.170 --> 00:21:01.130
  • to the point of the sorrow of death of a relationship
  • 00:21:01.140 --> 00:21:04.200
  • that once was and is no more.
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:08.100
  • And those of us who have been blessed and God has been
  • 00:21:08.110 --> 00:21:10.110
  • gracious to us for that not to have happened know what it's
  • 00:21:10.120 --> 00:21:12.270
  • like to look back over a long life of marriage together and
  • 00:21:12.280 --> 00:21:17.130
  • remember the discoveries and remember the intimacies and
  • 00:21:17.140 --> 00:21:21.010
  • remember the joys and remember the growth and remember all the
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:24.150
  • things that we shared together, every memory on the same page.
  • 00:21:24.160 --> 00:21:30.110
  • Because we've developed this thing together through life.
  • 00:21:30.120 --> 00:21:33.140
  • Solomon is saying don't let somebody steal that from you
  • 00:21:33.150 --> 00:21:38.110
  • because of having a bad day at home or your wife had
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:42.040
  • a bad hair day or whatever, I don't know.
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:46.240
  • Because what you have with that partner of yours is so special
  • 00:21:46.250 --> 00:21:49.260
  • you need to step back and take a look at it
  • 00:21:49.270 --> 00:21:51.220
  • and give thanks to God.
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:52.230
  • Can I get a witness, amen, amen.
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:56.090
  • Let me just tell you something.
  • 00:22:01.270 --> 00:22:03.210
  • When I read all of these things about wisdom
  • 00:22:03.220 --> 00:22:05.110
  • in the Old Testament, I'm thankful
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:07.250
  • I'm a Old Testament student and a New Testament saint.
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:12.230
  • Because you know what the Bible says in the New Testament?
  • 00:22:12.240 --> 00:22:14.180
  • Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:22:14.190 --> 00:22:15.290
  • "In Jesus Christ," watch this, Colossians 2:
  • 00:22:16.000 --> 00:22:19.120
  • "In Jesus Christ are all the treasures
  • 00:22:19.130 --> 00:22:22.100
  • of the wisdom of God."
  • 00:22:22.110 --> 00:22:25.230
  • Do you know when you're facing all these issues
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:27.160
  • and you don't know what to do?
  • 00:22:27.170 --> 00:22:30.110
  • You accept the fact that you're finite, you're human.
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:33.200
  • We all are.
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:34.250
  • We don't have the capacity to understand Almighty God.
  • 00:22:34.260 --> 00:22:38.140
  • But you know what?
  • 00:22:38.150 --> 00:22:40.210
  • We know Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:40.220 --> 00:22:43.060
  • He's the wisdom of God and he put his Holy Spirit in us.
  • 00:22:43.070 --> 00:22:47.230
  • When we accept Christ, we get Jesus Christ and his
  • 00:22:47.240 --> 00:22:51.030
  • Spirit comes to live within us.
  • 00:22:51.040 --> 00:22:55.030
  • And he is the one who is the discerner in our lives.
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:58.210
  • You say, "Do you have absolute wisdom?"
  • 00:22:58.220 --> 00:23:00.170
  • No, but I'll be just bold enough to tell you, I've got
  • 00:23:00.180 --> 00:23:03.000
  • more wisdom than somebody that doesn't know Christ
  • 00:23:03.010 --> 00:23:04.290
  • 'cause I got Christ.
  • 00:23:05.000 --> 00:23:07.180
  • And I wouldn't know how to get through life, as messed up
  • 00:23:07.190 --> 00:23:10.060
  • as it is today, if I didn't have Jesus Christ living in my heart.
  • 00:23:10.070 --> 00:23:15.140
  • I know that I can go to him at any time and
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:17.150
  • he'll help me sort things out.
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:18.280
  • He won't give me all the truth that there is.
  • 00:23:18.290 --> 00:23:21.100
  • He'll just give me enough to help me know what to do
  • 00:23:21.110 --> 00:23:23.120
  • for this day.
  • 00:23:23.130 --> 00:23:25.020
  • He gives it to me like the manna in the Old Testament,
  • 00:23:25.030 --> 00:23:27.200
  • just enough, one day at a time.
  • 00:23:27.210 --> 00:23:30.030
  • Isn't that wonderful?
  • 00:23:30.040 --> 00:23:31.180
  • And so I wanna tell you that one of the things I learned
  • 00:23:31.190 --> 00:23:33.260
  • about life when I read the book of Ecclesiastes
  • 00:23:33.270 --> 00:23:36.190
  • is that you don't wanna go through life under the sun
  • 00:23:36.200 --> 00:23:39.110
  • without God.
  • 00:23:39.120 --> 00:23:40.210
  • You wanna go through the life with the Son, S-O-N,
  • 00:23:40.220 --> 00:23:44.070
  • with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:44.080 --> 00:23:45.190
  • And if you've never trusted Christ as your Savior,
  • 00:23:45.200 --> 00:23:48.250
  • I wanna urge you today.
  • 00:23:48.260 --> 00:23:50.110
  • You think life can't get better.
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:52.170
  • Oh, it can get a lot better, even right here.
  • 00:23:52.180 --> 00:23:54.240
  • He's come to give you abundant life, life more abundantly.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Do you think our eternal God frets
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  • over problems, puzzles, people, perplexities, and pitfalls?
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  • Well, I don't think so.
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  • And he doesn't want us to spend our life
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  • worrying about them either.
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  • He actually wants us to develop the skills, the perspective,
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  • and power to handle every issue with wisdom.
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  • If God is wise and wants to give us wisdom for life, well,
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  • we need to have a Father-child relationship with him,
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  • and he's made that relationship possible
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  • through Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • announcer: Next time on Turning Point.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Every day you get up and you go out
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  • into this world, and you do not have control
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  • of what's going on and there's a whole bunch of stuff
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  • you have to deal with that you don't like.
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  • And you have to live with it.
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  • Do 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.
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  • And you recognize your dependence upon Almighty God.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join Dr. Jeremiah next time for his message,
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  • "Facing Life With Humility," here on "Turning Point."
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