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Jul 26, 2015

Navigating the Chaos

Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:19-29

Speaker: Barry Teague

Series: Ecclesiastes

Navigating The Chaos - Eccl 7:19-29

Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins. Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.

Navigating The Chaos - Eccl 7:19-29

I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me. What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it? I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.

Navigating The Chaos - Eccl 7:19-29

And I discovered more abitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her. Behold, I have discovered this, says the Preacher, adding one thing to another to find an explanation, which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these. Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.

Navigate...chaos of sin (:19-20)

Wisdom allows you to prevail!

Dan 3:16-18 O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Navigate...gossip (:21,22)

good communication is not passing along garbage

one blind eye, one deaf ear, and a slow tongue

Navigate...uncertainty (:23-25)

The wise person knows he does not know

Wisdom gives you the power to live with what you don’t understand