“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Eccl 12. 13, 14
What is Your Priority in Life?
For some, their own desires are their priority, or first priority, if they would be honest with themselves. Others put their family first, or money.
Solomon gives his wise advice here in verse 8;
“Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”
If you read the entire book of Ecclesiastes, you will see that King Solomon gave himself to every pleasure he could imagine. And his conclusion was that all of it was vanity, or without real value.
In Ecclesiastes 2 hear Solomons words;
“I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”
A pretty surprising outcome. You would think that with all that Solomon had he would be happy, but he was not.
His conclusion was that ALL was vanity and vexation of spirit!
Fear and Obey God, the BEST Choice!
I think all of us can learn a lesson from King Solomon about priorities, and what are the truly important things in life.
All of us who are over 30, no doubt have already concluded that things like money, cars, houses, or people do not bring lasting happiness, so, what does?
I have found in my life that I am happiest when I am pleasing God.
I was about 20 years old when I came to this conclusion, and you can read my testimony here.
Salvation brings Lasting Joy!
God dealt with me as a young man when I was 20 years old when he placed this thought into my mind.
“You are very careful not to hurt the feelings of other people, what about Me? When you sin, it hurts me.”
I did not want to hurt God anymore, so I fell on my knees in tears and told God I was sorry for hurting Him, and I wanted to stop hurting him and start pleasing him.
I have never been the same since that day over forty years ago, and I am glad to say I yet live my life with a strong desire to please the Lord every day.
I still make mistakes, but God is patient with me and helps me to understand when I do something wrong How I can change myself and become a better person in His sight.
Why not surrender to the Loving God who will bring you Salvation from your sins thru Jesus Christ?
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