We’re three months away from LIBERATE 2013. Make plans today to join us in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, February 21-24.
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After listening to your sermon "God Comes Down" today and after reading this in my Ecc.study today I couldn't help but think of you - It is quite untrue to think that the conclusion of Ecclesiastes is wicked or sad. Having faced facts and realized
what life is, we conjure up no illusions, and chase no mirages. `Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest' says Koheleth, not live morbidly, morosely, grudgingly. Entertain no false ideas of life, and then life can be a blessed thing. Life is a pilgrimage, a series of halts and moving on again. When we make up our minds to achieve anything for its own sake then we find that all is vanity and vexation of spirit. When we realize that nothing is a goal in itself, but merely a means to an end, we shall not call the time wasted that helped us on another stage of our pilgrimage,
even though the moment we achieved some object of desire, it ceased to attract or be of service. So immediately following upon the rejoicing with which Koheleth had engaged in the labours he had planned, we find dissatisfaction and vexation when viewed in themselves and for their own sakes. `Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun' (Eccles. 2:11).
The labour that you may be `exercised' therewith is good. The resulting `work' which you produce may be very emptiness. If your heart is in the discipline, all is well, but if your heart is set on the result here in this life, then all is vanity. Even Alexander wept because there were no more worlds to conquer. Let us thank God for the portion He gives us, and ever remember that parallel Psalm 73. Speaking of the seemingly prosperous wicked, Asaph says: `I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked ... they have more than heart could wish ... they increase in riches'. Need Asaph have envied such? Ask him as he leaves the sanctuary of God: `Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places ... Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee ... God is ... my PORTION for ever'.
This looks like a fabulous conference! I met Tullian and Paul Tripp briefly at The Village in DFW. Great speakers.