The Conclusion of the Matter – My Daily Bread!
Our call to Godly wisdom is taken from Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 which reads:
“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. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil”.
These words written by King Solomon, who the Bible tells us was ”greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth” (2 Chronicles 9: 22) are both an encouragement to follow God and also a warning to watch how we live our lives before God in anticipation of judgment day.
Solomon made this statement after he had some time to reflect on the course of his life. His was a life filled with extreme highs and extreme lows. He went from worshiping the true God and building His glorious temple to turning away from God to worship many false gods in their temples which he allowed to be constructed to honor his many foreign-born wives. Now after all that and toward the end of his life, he looks back and draws this conclusion. His story is told in 2 Chronicles Chapters 1-9.
This post is not about the life of Solomon, but about what he learned and how it impacted his view of God when he had a chance to weigh the choices he had made over a lifetime. That Solomon summed up the whole duty of man, our sole responsibility – to fear the Lord and keep His commandments is significant because this conclusion along with the warning of the judgment to come are inherent in the message Christ shared with His disciples during His earthly ministry and foundational to our Christian beliefs today.
Solomon encouraged fear and obedience and Jesus exhorted His followers to listen, love and follow:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Fathers’ hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10; 27-30)
“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teachings. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him”. (John 14: 23)
Both Solomon and Jesus cautioned about accountability before God for our actions:
“For a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out – those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5: 28-29)
“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12: 36-37)
Saints, Solomon’s words of wisdom are a call to see God’s immutability, His timelessness throughout the ages. We can take comfort in the fact that He is the same today as yesterday! And our conclusion of the matter is the same – love and fear the Lord, obey Him and watch how we live!
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