Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NKJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
Before Solomon was anointed king, his father King David said to him, “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORDsearches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever” ( I Chronicles 28:9).
David was literally saying, “Son, listen to me. I know a thing or two about life. I’ve made my mistakes, but I also followed the Lord and served Him. You need to serve the Lord with an undivided heart. You can’t live off my faith, son. You need your own faith.”
Initially Solomon followed his father’s David’s advice. His heart wasn’t divided at first. But then he started opening himself up to things that he had no business being a part of. Things went from bad to worse. Solomon went on a little research project to see what was out there. Solomon did everything and tried everything. In the end, here was his conclusion: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Can you relate to Solomon’s conclusion?
Point to ponder- God’s commandments protects us in this journey of life, which keep us from getting ourselves into trouble. When Solomon said, “This is man’s all,” he was saying, “This is what will make a whole man.” If you want to be a whole man/whole woman, then you need to reverence and honor God.
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