Fear the Lord and Keep His Commandments – My Daily Bread!
The Lord’s word tells us in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 to “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil”.
King Solomon, the wisest man in the world made this statement at the conclusion of his life; after he had done and observed many things; after he had served the true God and after he had married foreign wives and served other gods. Solomon’s story starts out with his conversation with God. “The King went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give to you’”. Solomon could have asked for anything, riches, and power; but at the start of his career when “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statues of his father David” he choose wisely and asked for wisdom. He said “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong”. This was a high time for the Nation of Israel for they had a king whose heart was lined up with the Lord!
God’s not only gave Solomon Wisdom, but blessed him further: “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him ‘Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart so that there will never have been anyone like you. Nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both riches and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.’” (1 Kings 3:10-13)
What a glorious beginning for Solomon. Sad to say things did not end the right way. As Solomon grew old, he did not fulfill his vows to the Lord; “his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God”. (1 Kings 11:4) Solomon paid a high price, the Lord disciplined him by letting him know that God would split the Nation of Israel apart and only two tribes would follow the Lord. (1 Kings 11:11)
Before he died Solomon gained the right view of God and of this world; that the things of the world can never satisfy; that all that matters is fearing God and keeping his commandments. And although he had all the riches he could hope for, Solomon said: “Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11) What can we learn from Solomon? Godly fear prolongs our blessings before the Lord; wisdom not used for God can lead to sin; sin has a price that will not be escaped. Salvation is free, but requires total and complete surrender to God’s will for our lives and obedience. Can you say” I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people”? (Psalm 116:18)
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