Wisdom is a Shelter
WISDOM IS A SHELTER
A Good Name
- Character vs Appearance
- Some try to cover up their exhaustion without paying attention to the development of their character.
Death is a Teacher
- “Day of death better than the day of birth (7:1)
- “house of mourning is better than the house of feasting” (7:2)
- “for this [death] is the end of all mankind” (7:2)
- “the living lay this to heart” (7:2)
Distracted by Folly
7 Follies trying to distract us from wisdom
- Flattery (7:5)
- Deflection (7:6)
- Power (7:7)
- Money (7:7)
- Pride (7:8)
- Anger (7:9)
- Perspective (7:10)
God is Inevitable
- “Accept the way God does things” (7:13)
- Content in God: “I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13).
The Gospel Connection
- LIFE IS UNCERTAIN: James 4:14 “ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
- JUDGEMENT FOLLOWS DEATH: Hebrews 9:27 “And just as each person is destined to die and once and after comes judgement, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.”
- JESUS IS LIFE: John 11: 25-26 “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die.”
Questions for Reflection
- What does it look like for you to step off the treadmill of life and listen to wisdom?
- How does a healthy perspective of death lead to wisdom?
- Which of the ‘7 Fools’ are trying to distract you?
- How can you actively surrender to Jesus through this process?