“In the day of prosperity be happy, but in the day of adversity consider—God has made the one as well as the other so that man will not discover anything that will be after him” (Ecclesiastes 7:14, NASB).
Why bad things happen to good people, and conversely, why good things happen to bad people, are two questions that have challenged and stretched the minds of people since the beginning of time. In this C. H. E. Sadaphal Sermon, discover the answer to both questions.
Qoheleth, the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, was a king who achieved unsurpassed wisdom. He overcame many obstacles and devoted himself to searching out the meaning of life. That meaning is subsequently sought within the acknowledged finitude of human existance. Yet, for all of his endeavors, toil, and achievements, he became painfully aware that no advantage was to be gained for humankind. Qoheleth repeatedly says that all is vanity or hebel meaning breath or vapor.
Ecclesiastes is a wisdom book. Wisdom is not a guaranteed, predictable formula for controlling life, but an art used to navigate and discern God’s ways in the immediacy of existence. Hence, Qoheleth does not search for God in an otherworldly realm suspended above the fray of human reality, but in the grind of the day-to-day.
The questions still linger: God, why is this happening to me? God, what have I done wrong? God, why do you seem to be the most silent when I need you the most? Why does it seem like giving up on you would make my life so much easier?
A partial answer to the question “Why?” is that if someone is asking this question, that in and of itself is the tacit affirmation that their scope is limited and their knowledge is finite. The question itself points toward God who has already discovered everything that will be. And, God has made both days of prosperity and adversity. God makes not in malice, but out of what He is: love, justice, truth, mercy—in other words, positive intent.
In this sermon, “Why bad things happen to good people,” discover what “day” really means. Learn that prosperity and adversity are more about perspective than circumstances. Be empowered by God’s blueprint for our behavior in the days of prosperity and adversity, and above all else, unlock the mystery of the fixed point of reference that will navigate you through life’s most difficult times.
Dr. C. H. E. Sadaphal will reveal how grade school, warpaint from the 1990s, and a billion-to-one event all come together to illuminate the mind, guard the heart, and provide comfort in a time of crisis.
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This sermon was performed at Deeper Life Christian Fellowship in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY. Dr. Sadaphal is scheduled to preach on the last Sunday of every month for the foreseeable future. For more information, please click on the Contact tab above.
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Dr. C. H. E. Sadaphal