Summary: Rather than going through life bumping around for direction, we need to develop a Biblical philosophy of living life.
A Philosophy of Life
1. This week our friends in the UK celebrated the 60 year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
2. During that reign, the values of her society and ours have changed rapidly. The UK and the US have gone from a Leave It to Beaver perspective to cohabitation, gay marriage, and lost gender roles and distinctives.
3. When it comes to the purpose and nature of living life, people often think that imitating those around them is the best way to live life. That is because they have no stable philosophy of life, no connection to God’s values that are perennial & relevant.
4. Why settle for speculation when you have God’s revelation – his Word?
Main Idea: Rather than going through life bumping around for direction, we need to develop a Biblical philosophy of living life.
I. We Succeed in Areas that Matter Most When We Have Two Majors: Love and TRUTH (28)
• Many kings vulnerable to conspiracy, as in Israel…
• Some of the same qualities that make a successful life make for a good reign!
A. Two important words: HESED (faithful love) and EMET (truth/faithfulness)
Hesed refers to faithful, merciful love, a love that keeps promises. Sometimes translated as kindness, loving-kindness, mercy, steadfast love.
Emet is sometimes translated as truth, sometimes faithfulness. The emphasis is upon certainty and dependability, faithfulness. If you are a person of emet, your word is your seal and you are not out to deceive or misrepresent. The word “Amen” is related to emet, and is basically an affirmation, strong, “yes!”
Obadiah, King Ahab’s servant, loved Yahweh. When Queen Jezebel had Yahweh’s prophets killed, Obadiah hid 100 of them in 2 groups of 50 & provided them daily rations (I Kings 18). He had a commitment to Emet and he expressed Hesed to them.
B. This takes the READER back to Proverbs 3:3-4
“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good successin the sight of God and man.”
Ephesians 4:15, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…”
I Corinthians 13:6, “[Love] … does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”
C. BALANCE: Major on love, compromise truth; major on truth, compromise love
If you look at people who are generally disliked, it is because they are out of balance in one of these. They are either tedious for truth or, in their attempts to please people, are noted as undependable and two-faced.
D. Good leaders have BOTH God and most people on their side!
A Biblical philosophy of life: focus on BOTH love and truth
II. Aging is Normal and to Be EMBRACED (29)
A. The YOUNG have advantages over the old
B. The OLD have advantages over the young
1. Their glory is their gray hair.
2. Seeing her friend Sally wearing a new locket, Meg asks if there is a memento of some sort inside. “Yes,” says Sally, “a lock of my husband’s hair.” “But Larry’s still alive.” “I know, but his hair is gone.” [Reader’s Digest]