Everything Matters

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, ‘Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.’

 

Observations: Over and over the Teacher, Solomon, has said that everything is meaningless. But he finally reaches his conclusion, and we find that everything is not meaningless. It does matter how we live and what we do, whether we are wise or foolish, good or evil, for ‘God will bring every deed into judgment.’ And when he says ‘every deed’ he includes ‘every hidden thing,’ because God sees and knows everything. And God judges our deeds as good or evil based on whether they are done in fear of him and according to his commands. Good and evil are not personal preferences, but are established by God who is good and who hates evil. Our duty is to fear God and keep his commands. To fear God means that we respect the fact that he is God, and that he has the right to tell us how to live and to hold us to account for how we have lived our lives.

 

Application: Firstly, your attitude towards God matters? Do you fear God? Do you recognize his authority over your life, including what happens to you after you die, whether you go to heaven or hell? Secondly, what you do matters? God will judge every deed you do, everything you think, and everything you say, whether it is good or evil. Thirdly, we all know that our deeds, thoughts and words are far from perfect. That’s why we need to put our faith in Jesus who paid the penalty for our sin on the cross. Without Jesus we will be judged as guilty, but in Christ we are declared right with God. In Christ our fear of God becomes love for God, and our obedience becomes a joy.

 

Prayer: Almighty God, You are worthy of my honour, because You are God, the One who created the universe, who created me so that I might worship You. Lord, You have authority over my life and how I ought to live. Lord, forgive me when I prefer to do things my way and live for myself. Lord, I thank You for Jesus who made it possible for me to call You Father. I thank You that in him I have been forgiven. I thank You for Your Spirit who makes it a joy to live for You. Lord, may I give my life as an act of worship to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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