Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
Verse: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NIV)
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
The book of Ecclesiastes is often reported to be very negative or cynical in its view of life. However, even among all the difficult circumstances presented in this passage of Scripture the author was able to tell us to remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come [v.1]. A little later in the passage we are again reminded to remember Him while we are still among the living [v. 6]. We are to have a holy fear of or reverence for God. While we still live, more is to be heard from God. We have much to learn. Let us look to our heavenly Teacher. Not only [is] the Teacher wise, but he also impart[s] knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true [v.9-10]. We are to respond appreciatively and obediently to the instructions we receive. May we find encouragement, even among our trials, that He is near and will continue to guide us in the way we should go. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)