Summary: Recognize the way we uniqued shaped/bent by God to make a difference and be free and fulfiled in His sovereign will

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God’s Final Answer: Sovereignty

Living Wisely in a Meaningless World

July 22, 2001

By Andrew Chan, PBC, Vancouver, BC

Eccl.7:13,14 (NIV)

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.”

Who wants to be a millionaire? TV game show – popular. I think one of the good things about it is: Regis Philbin always pushes for an answer, and a definite answer. “ Is that your final answer?” The person who answers- can’t say “It is all relative, there’re no absolutes” and “that’s your opinion, your truth is your opinion” and don’t anyone dare push for an absolute truth. In the show, Regis would keep pushing for the one answer. If they can’t figure it out, they phone a friend, they poll the audience, get the computer to take away 2 wrong answers leaving two possible answers. But still gotta come to the final answer.

Today we are faced with a question. “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?” What’s the answer? Is that final? How does this answer affect my life?

Enjoyed holidays going thru’ Rockies to Calgary, AB. See the mountains, can’t help but marvel at the way God has formed natural surroundings. The way it is shaped. Looks mysterious, majestic, beautiful, awesome. Yet there is a shadow side to those mountains. They can be awful and dangerous - rockslides, mudslides, forest fires, horseflies, etc. My sister has a dog, Portuguese water dog, called Jeya and it met a horsefly for the first time. Spooked him so bad, he would not come out of his portable kennel. Heard of a kid who fell to his death at the Columbia Icefields this summer, then there are Grizzlies, not a few have lost their lives hiking in those mountains, driving through some dark narrow tunnel at Rogers Pass and meet untimely death like some Taiwanese tourist did some months back. Yes, those mountains can be downright spooky but it does reminds us something about God.

A. Sovereign One!

In the same vein, Eccl. Writer brings home the fact that as you look at what God has done, crooked lines of the Rocky Mountains, sharp edges, peaks, it is beautiful but it can be dangerous too. You step out of line on one of those cliffs, and sayonara. It is like when skiers are told they’re not to ski out of bounds and off course they pay no attention and then pretty soon in trouble… ya ha and they’re off flying to the next mountain, hit a tree, avalanche or worse. The text confronts us with the concept of God’s awesome sovereignty. “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?” The answer is God is sovereign over all. It is beautiful. Yet powerful. If God wills for something to be bent in a certain way, like the mountains, who can unbend it? No matter what u do u cannot unbend those crooked lines of the mountains. No one, except God! Step out of line in those mountains and you’re done for.

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