“The things we work to achieve in life don’t get us control, but they can bring us joy when we see them as gifts from a good God.”

August 26, 2018

The Preacher is at the end of his tour of failed attempts to control life as a human being. We can’t know enough to shape our lives, and we can’t experience enough to shape our lives. Now, he shows us that we can’t achieve enough to shape our lives. The various things we are working on day to day and week to week don’t provide a soul-level satisfaction for us. Only God though Jesus Christ can put our hearts at rest. It’s from that internal rest that our eyes are opened to the good gifts God gives us amid the normal stress and frustration of life in a fallen world.

Application Questions

  1. In your life, what is the thing you are working towards? What is the main thing you’d like to accomplish in your life?  
  2. How have you experienced the promise of satisfaction and significance from hard work? What parts of that promise are particularly tempting for you?
  3. How have you experienced the problem of work in your life? What does it look like when you “strive in your heart” for achievement?
  4. How might the gospel free you to receive your work as a gift instead of looking to it for gain? What would it look like for you to work hard and also be at rest because of the gospel?

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Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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