THE FOOLISH AND SINFUL WAYS OF MAN
In this text, we have two instances of man's foolishness.
1. He brings troubles and trials upon himself because of his own rejection of God, and the sinful lifestyle that he is living.
2. He compounds his misery by laying all the blame on God, and ascribing his lack of success, not to his own sin and folly, but to divine Providence, which works against him.
I. THE FOOLISHNESS OF MAN
'HThe foolishness of man perverteth his way...'(v. 3a).
A. The pride of man motivates him in rebelling against God.
B. This foolish attitude was first seen in ADAM.
1. God made Adam sinless and happy.
a. God blessed Adam with a beautiful wife to meet his needs, and put him in the Garden of Eden where he could have lived forever in a perfect environment.
b. Adam was given a prohibition by God.
c. He could eat of every tree of the Garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he was not to eat. Gen. 2:15-17.
d. Well, as we know, Adam disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit: thus plunging himself and the whole world into sin. Gen. 3:6-11.
2. Had Adam been ruled by God's will, he would have continued in that blessed and sinless state.
a. He sought out his own inventions, and made himself miserable. Ecc. 7:29.
b. Because of his foolish rebellion against God, Adam had every reason to be upset at himself.
c. But because of his pride, he blamed God for his troubles.
3. When Adam'l first-born was punished for his sin, he complained that it was greater than he could bear. Gen. 4:8-13.
4. From the time of Adam to this very day, man has rebelled against God, and then tried to blame Him for his misery.
a. God has decreed that when a person commits sin, it will bring sorrow into his life.
b. The fool rushes into sin, and then gets upset at the sorrow that it brings into his life.
c. He is foolish enough to think that he can 'gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?(Mt. 7:16).
II. THE SINFULNESS OF MAN
'HThe foolishness of man perverteth his way, and his heart fretteth against the Lord?(v. 3).
A. The ungodly sinner is always ready to blame God.
1. He seeks to blame God for his sin.
a. The sinner willingly submits to every evil thought and desire.
b. He exposes himself to every kind of temptation.
c. He becomes enslaved by vicious lusts and appetites.
d. God denounces judgment against his iniquities, but he continues hardened in his evil ways.
e. The sinner accuses God as the author of his sin.
f. This is what Adam did immediately after the fall.
- He underhandedly tried to blame God for giving the woman to him.
d. This is often done by the guilty descendants of Adam.
2. The ungodly sinner seeks to blame God for his sorrows.
a. This world was plunged into sorrow because of Adam'l sin.
b. However, most of the afflictions that men suffer are brought on them by their own foolish deeds.
c. God is clear from all blame. Jas. 1:13-15.
d. God warns the sinner by His Word and through his conscience.
e. Man, deaf to the warning, plunges into misery; and while ?eating the fruit of his own ways,' seeks to blame God.
B. It is possible for the believer to speak against the Lord.
1. We must never forget that the Lord did not have to save us.
- Had it not been for His mercy and grace, we would have been eternally forsaken.
2. We need to realize that we are still capable of sinning against our Lord.
3. In time of affliction, we are very prone to murmur against our Lord.
- After being threatened by Jezebel, Elijah ran away, and manifested his impatience with the Lord down under the juniper tree. I Ki. 19:1-4.
1. We must realize that God is not, nor can be, the author of sin.
- He is perfect in all His ways. Deut. 32:4.
2. Both sins and sorrows ought to cause us to humble ourselves before God.
3. To fret and murmur is, in fact, to reprove God.
4. Whatever we suffer, we should not 'charge God foolishly.'
5. We must remember that the purpose for every trial is to humble us and to draw us closer to the Savior.
6. The Lord allows us to go through trials in order to purify us and to make us fit for our eternal rest.