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Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life   —this series, part 4.

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What to do when Life is unfair?

part 4 of Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life (current series)

I looked again at all the injustice that goes on in this world.” —Ecclesiastes 4:1

REALITY:

1. Criminals go                                                     .

“because crime is not punished quickly enough.” —Ecclesiastes 8:11  “I notice that, throughout the earth, justice is giving way to crime and even the police courts are corrupt.”  3:16

2. The oppressed are                                                    .

“I looked again at all the injustice that goes on in this world. The oppressed were crying and no one would help them…Their oppressors had power on their side.” 

3. Politicians are                                                        .

 “If you see…miscarriage of justice anywhere throughout the land, don’t be surprised!

 For every official is under orders from higher up, and higher officials look up to their superiors.  And so, the matter is lost in red tape and bureaucracy.” —Ecclesiastes 5:8 

 “Here is an injustice I have seen…an injustice caused by rulers.  Stupid people are given positions of authority.” —Ecclesiastes 10:5-6

4. Good people are                                                      

“There is something else meaningless…righteous men who get what the wicked deserved and the wicked men who get what the righteous deserve.” —Ecclesiastes 8:14

5. Capable people are                                                       .

“In this world fast runners do not always win the races…wise men don’t always earn a living, intelligent men don’t always get rich.” —Ecclesiastes 9:11

Four reasons why God allows injustice in the world:

1. God gives us                                                     in our life to obey or disobey Him.

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse, the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord…the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord.” —Deuteronomy 11:26-28

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2. Because                                          is coming.

“God will bring judgment to both the righteous and the wicked for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.” —Ecclesiastes 3:17

3. To show we are on                                          a Savior. 

“There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” —Ecclesiastes 7:20

The Bible says, “That every inclination of man’s heart is evil.” 

“As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.” —Ecclesiastes 3:18

 “For all have sinned,” that’s the bad news. “And are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.” 

4. Because                                         can develop character.

          “Suffering produces character.” —Romans 5:4

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What do you do when life is unfair? 

1. We are empowered to                                         that life is unfair.

“In this world you will have trouble.” —John 16:33

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2. We are empowered to do the                                         anyway!

“Learn to do right, seek justice, encourage the oppressed.” —Isaiah 1:17

3. We are empowered to                                         for God’s reward.

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Rev. Kenneth L. Williamson

About this series:

Solomon’s Quest for the Meaning of Life

This series is about Solomon’s quest for the meaning of life. King Solomon, who wrote Ecclesiastes, was a seeker on a quest for the meaning and purpose of life.  —Pastor Ken

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