Fear God and follow His instructions

But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love. – Psalm 147:11

Ecclesiastes gives us two summary points – there is rampant injustice and oppression in the world and that the escape route we choose – basically false hopes that have to do with affluence – do not provide meaning or satisfaction in this life.  Wealth is a hot button – a gift from God and yet an awful curse when you have it and not God and still a major trial when you have Him.

The Word of God lays out the plan quite clearly, identifying what we are to learn and how hope comes to us through patience and comfort of His Word.  It was written to provide us with instructions on how to live life.  Without it, where would we obtain our hope?

I am of the age where I have lived a little and at different times of the day I will have a memory of something I said or did years ago that was just wrong.  The regret makes we say out loud, “Lord have mercy on me.” My whole family knows what’s going on when I do this.  So the final words of Ecclesiastes are not the final words of Scripture.  Jesus still steps in-between and His death and resurrection matters.

However, all Scripture is given to us as our love letter and our letter of instruction on what it means to love and what it looks like to love – both from God to us and us to God.  It is a person with wisdom who reads and obeys it.

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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