The Long View

Under the Sun

By Cory DiCarro, July 09, 2023

Big Idea: God offers us a full life in an empty world.

Ecclesiastes 7:15 15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing.

Key Questions:

Does God reward the righteous and punish the wicked? If so, why do we see righteous people suffer and wicked people prosper?

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

  • We must view God’s Word as THE instruction manual for our lives.

Galatians 6:7–8 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

  • Obedience brings blessing and disobedience brings consequences.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

  • We must not forget we live in a broken and fallen world due to sin.

Matthew 5:3–12 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you

1 Corinthians 3:11–15 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

  • We must look past the temporary and to the eternal.

Final Thought:

The results of reaping what we sow (good or bad) are not always evident in this world but they will always be evident in the next.

Next Week’s Text:

  • Ecclesiastes 7:25–29