Monday’s Moment

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Solomon had been wonderfully blessed by God: he was the king of Israel; he ruled a kingdom that covered 60,000 square miles, far greater than Saul or David; he had wealth beyond imagination; he owned vast numbers of servants and animals; his wisdom was sought by all. But, he failed to remember the One from whom he received the blessings; he failed to remember God. Therefore, he sought pleasure and satisfaction in the things of the world; he sought pleasure and satisfaction from Satan; he sought pleasure and satisfaction in disobedience of God, rather than in obedience.

Solomon came to the proper conclusion, but I do not know that he followed his own realization. Solomon realized that true pleasure and satisfaction is found in faithful service to God and that true pleasure and satisfaction if found only in faithful service to God.

Billions have found temporary pleasure in the things of this world (Hebrews 11:25), but not a single soul has found eternal pleasure in the things of this world. The only one who can provide eternal satisfaction and pleasure is the only One who is eternal: God of Heaven.

The verse literally reads: “for this is the whole of man.” The word “duty” was added by translators for clarification. But the original is very clear, the purpose of man is to fear God and keep His commandments. Why? Why is this the purpose of man? Because, God is going to bring into judgement everything done by man. If our lives are lived in obedience to God, our eternal lives will be lived with God in Heaven

.Let us never forget the One by whom we are blessed and let us never forget the great blessing of Heaven.