How do I Prepare for Future? — 2019 Mar 17

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Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life   —final message in this series, part 6.

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Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life – series

How do I prepare for an uncertain future?

                               (part 6 – final)

             “Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?”     — Ecclesiastes 8:7

How do we face an uncertain future?

1. We are enlightened to not                                                     about tomorrow.

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day may bring forth.”           Proverbs 27:1

2. We are empowered not to                                                   

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”                    Matthew 6:34

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails.”  Proverbs 19:21

3. We are empowered not to                                                   

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!”  —Ecclesiastes 11:4

Solomon says, “If you wait for perfect conditions . . ..” 


Three things I’ll guarantee your success:

I. We are empowered to                                                      a plan.

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, so that He might redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption as His children.”                      Galatians 4:4

“Moses My servant is dead.  Now then, you and these people get ready to cross the Jordan River.  I will give you every place where you are to set your foot, as I promised Moses.”                                                Joshua 1:2-3

Joshua 1:11 then says “Order the people to get your supplies ready.”  God said, “Moses My servant is dead.”  

“We should make plans – counting on God to direct us.”                                                        Proverbs 16:19

 “Make plans by seeking advice.  If you wage war, obtain guidance.”                                      Proverbs 20:18 

II.                                              in the word.

Drawing of stone tablets with Roman numerals 1-10 and the sun rising behind mountains with the words, "Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night.

“Be careful to obey all the law My servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you maybe successful wherever you go.”    Joshua 1:7

 “Do not let this book of the Law the Bible depart from your mouth; mediate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.”            Joshua 1:8

Three things:

 

  1. We are empowered not to let it                                                   from our mouth.   Talk about it, discuss it. 
  2. We are empowered to                                                     , meaning to seriously focus on it. 
  3. We are empowered to                                                         .  Live it.

 “To man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.”               Proverbs 16:1

 

III.                                                           in faith. 

Drawing of a path through a forest with the words of Joshua 1:9.

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”    —Joshua 1:9

Two things will keep us from becoming all that God wants us to be in Christ: 

Fear keeps us from                                                                                      

Discouragement keeps us from                                                    and keeping on. 

Photo of two bare feet in wet sand with the words of Joshua 3:15.

“As soon as the priests stepped into the river, the water stopped flowing and piled up.”                     Joshua 3:15

Under my trust in God 

Bottom Line:  The good news is God is in control.

Portrait of Kenneth L. Williamson wearing glasses, a gray jacket over a white shirt with pastor's collar.
Rev. Kenneth L. Williamson

About this series:

Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life

This morning we come to the end of this series about Solomon’s quest for the meaning of life. King Solomon, who wrote Ecclesiastes, was a seeker . . . . In his book he kept asking questions, searching for the meaning and the purpose of life. —Pastor Ken

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