The Whole Duty of Man

Let us hear the conclusion of the 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

Solomon’s final word on the issues raised in this book, as well as life itself, focus on one’s relationship to God. Solomon writes from the prospective of hindsight which he looks back with all of the concerns for life under the sun, with its pleasures and uncertainties, such things seemed comparatively irrelevant to him as he faced the end of his life. Fear God—If you fear God you don’t have to fear anything else; meaning you are safe in regards to knowledge of Him who holds your future. Living with eternity in your hearts because God has made men for His eternal purpose, for nothing else will matter in the end of life, and nothing else will satisfy during life. God knows our future, rules over every circumstance, and cares for us in ways that are far beyond our understanding. But death, in spite of its focused attention in this book Ecclesiastes which means “preacher”  was not the greatest equalizer, Judgment with retribution is the real equalizer as Solomon saw it, for God will bring every person’s every act to judgment. Unbelievers will stand at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15) and believers before Christ at the Bema judgment (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10). When all is said and done, the certainty and finality of knowing that God’s judgment will be fair and just, makes us want to live with deep reverence to the One who is ruling in all authority in this earthly life. Most people will not accept that God allows all the evil thats in this world, and all the suffering for which people unjustly endure. God is Sovereign over all of man’s affairs but does not force Himself but rather gives us free will to choose to fear Him. Solomon’s example of someone who had everything wisdom could bring to him. God also gave him more wealth than any king ever saw. Yet, here writing this book, shows that if one perceives each day of existence labor, and basic provisions as a gift from God, and accepts whatever God gives as His sovereign grace that person can live an abundant life (John 10:10). However, one who looks to be satisfied apart from God will live with futility regardless of their accomplishments or their accumulations. In light of this revelation we learn that for us today, we need to come to terms as to our own sin debt, and need of God’s forgiveness. His offer of forgiveness comes through His Son, Christ our Lord who died for our sins and payed the ransom for our sin debt (Mark 10:45). The King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:6) relinquished His privileges and gave His life as a selfless sacrifice in serving others by His substitutionary death on behalf of those who would put their faith in Him is in fact, the most glorious truth one could live with. Keep His commandments—Again the knowledge of God’s will for us in keeping His commands is to promote the highest form of life in which God is glorified in all of our acts and labor as we live by faith and walk in love.
Beloved friend, Today our country is facing perhaps the most important election in its history, our duty as believers is to seek above all that God would be glorified, and be pleased with our concerns we have over each candidate, over each proposition, and how we seek His will first before we cast our vote. Certainly our civic duty, but also our moral duty as Christians to honor what God would honor in our country’s legislative laws. We do our duty, and leave the results in the sovereign hands of God. I encourage everyone to vote in this next election.
May the Lord bless your walk!



Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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