The work of building up God's church requires accountability. Living in community means that we have to help each other along the path of sanctification. That means that encouraging correction is required. However, the correction must be carried out with a sense of family in mind.
Verse 13 says, “Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what He has made crooked?” The truth that we want to receive to our mind and heart at this hour, is this: The Christian, by the grace of Christ, is to carefully consider, and righteously respond to, all of the work of God in their life. 1st of all, we will consider the truth that no one, Christian or non-Christian, can make straight what God has made crooked. And 2nd – We will consider secondly the appropriate response to this crookedness. And 3rd – We will look briefly at the goal which God has in appointing things for us in this way.
Have you learned the truth that what is crooked cannot be made straight by your own wisdom and knowledge? And have you learned the truth, of one who has gone before you; that I (Solomon) have something to tell you about how you can accumulate wisdom and knowledge? The truth is, that the accumulation of wisdom brings grief, and the increase of earthly knowledge brings sorrow. What does Solomon mean by this? Well let's give it a little thought.
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