Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14 / 2 Corinthians 8:1-15/ / Psalm 49:1-20 / Proverbs 22:20-21

Standout Verse: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“Let us hear the conclusion to the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.  For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

This verse could make it sound like God is a bit scary if we don’t dig deeper into it to really hear what it is saying.  The summery Solomon (the most likely author of Ecclesiastes) ends with at the conclusion his writing is this that we should:

Fear God.
The Word tells us over and over that as we get to know Him more and more this will lead to wisdom and “fear”.  Fearing Him doesn’t mean being afraid of Him – however, this kind of fear understands that life apart from Him is definitely something to be afraid of.  When we understand this, we will be in awe of our God and desire to walk closely with Him because He is good!

Keep His Commands.
This simply means that we should obey Him.  Yes, we should obey Him because He is God.  But more than that, we should obey Him because we trust Him, because we know Him and because we understand that He loves us and wants good things for us.  We can experience His best for us when we hear His voice and do the things he calls us to do.

In the end, we will each be accountable for the lives we’ve lived here on earth. If there is something we are holding onto that is secret, something we believe is too dark to expose, we need to know that God already sees it.  He wants us to bring to Him, not so He can shake a boney finger of judgment at us – He wants to us to give over those things that cripple our hearts and weigh us down and bring them into the light so He can forgive us and we can be FREE and CLEAN before Him. He wants this for us for our benefit!  When we do this, not only will we be liberated, we will be able to run the rest of our “race” stronger, faster and free!

This is the only thing Solomon concluded to be real, lasting and eternal – the TOTAL opposite of “futile”, “vanity” and “grasping for the wind”.