Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Everyone's Duty - January 20, 2010

Ecclesiastes 12:1,13-14 (New Living Translation)1 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” ...13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

One advantage from looking at life from the right side of forty is that you have the ability to look back and see what we have done wrong. One statement I am sure we all would agree with is that "life is hard", and many of us have had to learn the hard way, that we cannot do this job of living on our own.

As he approached his later years, the King who had it all in his time, when it came to the world's definition of success, wisdom, money, pleasure, and power, had to give the life he led a serious look. As he examined his life and everything he had done, Solomon reached the conclusion that his life had been meaningless. The twelve chapters of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament of the Bible is a sad lament on leading a life that is only after the things that this world has to offer.

This is a great book for us to read and reflect upon for ourselves. It is never too late to understand the fact, that this life and everything in it has been given to us as a gift with a purpose. The world would want us to think otherwise, but we have been created to serve God and to serve those around us. I am thankful that God in His unexplainable love and grace revealed this to me before I too had to lament, as Solomon did, that everything was meaningless.

Solomon gives us a bit of wisdom that we need to take to heart and pass on to our youthful friends, and our children and grandchildren. We need to remember that we are here for God's purpose, and life is much easier if our focus is on Him. He summarizes all of the wisdom that God gave him in the concluding verse above. Our reason for living is to love, obey and serve God, because ultimately we are accountable to Him for what we do with this gift He has given us.

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