Solomon was the wealthiest man alive in his time. He had it all—riches, money, land, possessions—anything and everything a person could ever want. He had power, prestige and popularity. He had privilege and the things the world touts as being the status of wealth. As King Solomon finished the wisdom book of Ecclesiastes, he had come to a conclusion about life, about what really matters and what is really important in life and for eternity.
All the things in the world and all the people in his vast sphere of relationships could not give him what he was looking for. That has not changed with time. It is like Solomon is saying, “After everyone has had their say; after everything has had an opportunity for input; and after you have visited all the places you can and experienced all life has to offer, the following is the ultimate purpose in life.”
Here it is: “Fear God and keep His commandments.” This is simple, yet simply profound. Let’s dig in and find out what it means. “Fear God” does not mean to be afraid of God, although you should be afraid of not obeying Him. “Fear” means “a reverential awe for, to stand in profound respect of, to experience the wonderment of.” You place almighty God in a category by Himself and live your life to worship, serve and please Him. Finding and living His purpose for your life is the ultimate and utmost life.
“Keep His commandments” means to do the will of God, to follow His Word, to obey Him fully, immediately and consistently; confess your sin; seek the Holy Spirit’s filling; say “Yes” to anything God wants and be sensitive to His voice.
If you want to find happiness, fulfillment, joy, purpose and peace, this is the game plan. Do not waste your time looking to other things or people for what only a relationship with God can bring.
Daily Do It
Today, focus on fearing God. When you truly fear Him, you will desire to keep His commandments. How long has it been since you have read the 10 Commandments? Let’s review them right now, and as we do, think about how you are doing keeping them.
I. You shall have no other gods before Me (Exodus 20:3).
II. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them… (Exodus 20:4-5).
III. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (Exodus 20:7).
IV. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8).
V. Honor your father and your mother (Exodus 20:12).
VI. You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13).
VII. You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).
VIII. You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15).
IX. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16).
X. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17).
Which commandments do you most need to work on today?
Quote of the Day
“Christ’s sheep are marked in the ear and the foot; they hear His voice and they follow Him.”