By Mike Chaffin
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
The last words in Ecclesiastes are reminiscent of those given in Proverbs. Instructions given in the Bible are important. When it gets repeated attention, it is very important. There are over 100 references in the Bible that instruct us to fear God.
Wouldn’t it be great if every book in the Bible summed up its teaching in such an insightful, easy to understand way? The conclusion on how to live your life is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. Then, he slips in the zinger that seals the deal; God brings every work into judgement, including every secret thing. God knows everything we do. There is nothing hidden from Him.
Paul added to the subject when he wrote 2 Corinthians 7:11,
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
The fear of God and the keeping of the commandments leads to several advantages in life.
- It helps us prioritize our life’s actions.
- It helps us live gloriously and resist sin.
- It helps us exhibit the fruits of the spirit.
- It helps us live a holy life.
- It gives us the proper perspective in dealing with others.
- It brings wisdom into our lives.
- Eternal life.
- A healthy relationship with God and others.
- It opens our lives up to God’s blessings.
The writer of Hebrews sums up our last words in Hebrews 12:28,
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
The last word for our entire life is Fear God; and keep His commandments. Let’s go.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for such a clear message on how to live our lives. Jesus summed up the commandments to make them easier to understand. Love you with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love my neighbor as myself. I praise you and thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to live in me to help in my walk with you. You make all things possible. In Jesus name, amen.