Today, we’re going to consider Solomon’s conclusion. Then we’ll spend the rest of the week looking at a few miscellaneous topics that we haven’t touched on yet.
Ecc 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
After Solomon’s trial and error search for meaning, where did he end up? Every road he tried was a dead end. Finally, Solomon concluded that man’s purpose was to fear God and keep His commandments. In other words, man finds his meaning in his relationshp with God. We work, we enjoy pleasure, and experience many of the other things Solomon chronicled. But, in the end, all these things with God are empty. God is the hub that connects all the scattered pieces of our lives and makes us complete.
Yes, you can find fulfillment in God. You can also be prepared for the judgment that comes at the end of this life.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
A life rooted in obedience to God is profitable here and now, and for eternity.
1Ti 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
What About You?
- Have you come to the same conclusion about life as Solomon did, or are you still trying to find meaning without a relationship with God?
- Will you trust Christ as your Savior so you can have a relationship with God?