Fear God, Keep His Commands

Up to this point, the writer of Ecclesiastes has done a good job of keeping us in suspense.  For the first twelve chapters, he has enumerated the various ways that we should NOT seek meaning in life.  Wisdom, pleasure, accomplishment, and wealth – these things do not satisfy our need for meaning in life.  The author waits until the very end of the book to finally tell us what really matters in life.

“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.”  — Ecclesiastes 12:13

This is one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible.  The importance is great, but the words are few.  “Fear God and keep his commands”.  Note that this statement does not come with a promise of happiness or even the understanding of the meaning of life.  Sometimes, we are not meant to be happy, and often we may not fathom the depths of God’s purpose for us in an event.  Still, we can always hold on to these words – that if we keep the Lord first and foremost in our lives, and let His will dictate our actions, we will know that we have done our duty for Him.  Whenever we question our purpose, or the reason behind something that took place in our lives, it is good to rely on this verse alone, and know that God is in control.


1 Response to “Fear God, Keep His Commands”

  1. February 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    verry blessed , God led me to read this
    and , it is so much in line wat He told me today
    yes , told me , He putted this question in my hart ,
    to ask Him about Life itself ,
    Gods blessings in jesus name ,
    michel dillions =)

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