As we’ve studied the book of Ecclesiastes, we get a first hand account of a person who has experienced both times of blessing and times of adversity. The description of life given to us in the book is real and gritty.
Sometimes it can be tempting to believe that when things are going well, God is pleased with us. Similarly, it can be tempting to believe that when times of adversity come, God is displeased with us. One of the chief dangers with this kind of thinking is that it can lead us to trying to work to earn God’s favor. The logic goes like this: “if I do all of the right things, God will be pleased with me and life will go well.”
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
The reality is that no matter how hard we try to do the right things, it will never be enough. No matter how righteous our life, we will never earn God’s favor. We will always come up short.
None is righteous, no not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. – Romans 3:10
HOWEVER, the beauty of the gospel is that Jesus is our perfect righteousness. When God saves us through the work and person of Jesus, we are given that righteousness as a free gift.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
This week, we will sing songs reminding us that our righteousness is found in Christ alone. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:
By His Grace (Listen | Purchase)
Mediator (Listen | Purchase)
Before the Throne (Listen | Purchase)
Rock of Ages (Listen | Purchase)
Nothing But The Blood (Listen | Purchase)
Grace Alone (Listen | Purchase)