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.
We must embrace the need for a viable relationship with the Lord.
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 LORD searches 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). Does this mean we have to be perfect in our relationship with the Lord?
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.”
As you are reading today’s message please consider: Do you have your own relationship with God? Are you working on your own relationship with God?
Always remember your relationship with the Lord, will have a process just for you.
Initially, Solomon followed his father 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?
Time is your most valuable possession. You can make more money but you cannot create more time.
How you spend your time is evidence of where your hope lies.
If your hope is in God and his word, then you will invest time in them.
We read Solomon’s conclusion as he places his hope firmly in God’s word.
Point to ponder
God’s commandments protect us in our journey through life, which keeps 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 relationally.
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