“Starting in verse 7, (Ecc. 8) “For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be? No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. There is no discharge from war, nor will wickedness deliver those who are given to it.”…Here’s what I love about Solomon. He’s always going to take it right back down to the grittiest level possible. He says this, “Even if you’re careful who you submit to and you know exactly who God’s commanded you to be, sometimes it’s still going to go bad.”
I’m so grateful that he does this. This is the exact opposite of most of what we hear in church, isn’t it? He’s like, “Listen, do what you know is right, submit and be obedient to Christ, be careful who you hitch your wagon to, but in the end, it’s a lot like war.”
And here’s what he means. If you’ve ever watched anything on television where they’re training soldiers to go fight, they’ll say, “Okay, you need to get your head down. You need to swing your gun around like this. You need to enter a room like this. You need to do this. You need to watch this…” And they’ll train them, and if that soldier follows every piece of training, do they all make it home alive? Is it possible that a young man could do everything he was trained to do and still get killed? Absolutely.
And this is what he’s talking about when he says, “Hey man, no man controls the power of life and death. No man can decide to retain his own spirit. In the end, be obedient to Christ and trust that God is in control.”

Matt Chandler sermon on Ecclesiastes 8 called “Occupied territory”.


3 thoughts on “Faithfulness

  1. This is so “on point!”

  2. It seems amazing to me that a man as imperfect as Solomon could have the sweeping insights into God’s will and the meaning of life.  I’m thankful too that God has given you such an intelligent appreciation for these truths. Keep up the good work, Chris!

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