Fear God and Keep His Commandments-Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Ecclesiaste 12:15-16  Ascoltiamo dunque la conclusione di tutto il discorso: «Temi Dio e osserva i suoi comandamenti, perché questo è il tutto per l’uomo». 16 Dio infatti farà venire in giudizio ogni opera, tutto ciò che è occulto, sia bene, sia male.”
 
    The conclusion of the book of Ecclesiastes is just as explicit as the introduction. In the beginning, Solomon stated that most things in life are meaningless because they really don’t satisfy for any length of time. Now he concludes by giving the answer and meaning to life: “fear God and keeps his commandments.” In Ecclesiastes 12:1, he begins his conclusion by saying, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” and culminates it by giving us the essential reason why we should fear God: judgment is a certainty for everyone. No one is exempt and answering to God for the events of their life (“under the sun” is the metaphor for earthly life that Solomon used frequently in this book) should cause every one of us to evaluate our life daily. 
    Solomon believed in God and in His justice. It is quite clear that the Scriptures point to the eternal blessings of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the wicked. Jesus, speaking of judgment, said in Matthew 10:26 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.”
Therefore Solomon, in essence, gives us wise counsel that it is our duty to enjoy life in the fear of God and take delight in following His precepts.  
Pray with me:  Lord, I want my life to mirror a reverence and awe of You as I determine to walk in Your ways. Help me to remember that nothing escapes Your watchful eye. 


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