Summary: This is the 18th sermon in the series "3:16- Numbers That Bring Hope".
Series: 3:16- Numbers That Bring Hope [#18]
THE HOPE THAT COMES FROM LIVING Ecclesiastes 3:16
This morning I want to continue in our series of “Numbers That Bring Hope”. Our text is perfect for this Mother’s Day.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
Each and every minute you are on this earth has been given to you by God and He wants you to use that time well. As we live out our life on this earth, we go through many different seasons of life and sometimes we don’t do so well. I’ve definitely made my share of bad decisions; but I don’t want you to focus on what was in the past. I want you to decide today that you are going to make the most of the rest of your life.
Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 (NIV)
“A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
There is hope in…
1. God’s guidance during every season of life.
We are all born and we will all die; but there is a lot that happens in between. How do you know when to kill a situation or gather up your resources? How do you know when you should embrace the moment or walk away? During each moment of your life, you need wisdom that you don’t have on your own. So, if you want to make the most of the rest of your life you will have to rely on God for everything. You need to notice that some of the seasons you go through are difficult moments, like giving up or mourning; but others are times of joy and celebration. God is the same God through all of those seasons and He promises to be there for His children regardless of the season.
Ecclesiastes 3:9-10, 22 (NIV)
“What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?”
There is hope in…
2. Putting effort into what you can actually control or influence.
The job you have, God gave it to you. The abilities and talents that you have to perform that job are also given to you by God. You are to work as you are working for God Himself. You are to strive to do as good as you can. Doing a good job at whatever the task is will bring you joy. God has been giving man responsibility since the beginning of time. It wasn’t until after the fall of man that work became toilsome. This was part of man’s punishment. The great part of this is, when we work for the Lord, it won’t be toilsome; but enjoyable.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”