Ecceliastes 12:13 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.
Solomon, known as the wisest man on earth, given wisdom by God in addition to riches and peace in the land during his reign.
Yet despite that, he looked back at the end of his life and saw so much of it was meaningless; lacking any apparent purpose.
He had it "all" but it still wasn't enough.
relationships (700 wives/300 concubines)
peace in his country
but he wasn't content - still was not fulfilled
still questioned his purpose, the meaning of life
saw it all
good people suffering
wicked people prospering
saw death come - the finality of it
realized we are born naked, we die without taking what we toiled so hard for, leaving it behind to someone who might not even appreciate it, but surely didn't earn it
he sums it up - to eat, to drink, to be satisfied with one's work, to be glad, then joy will accompany him in the days God has given him
to simply be content with what God has given him and to be grateful for it
and his final conclusion that I believe one must burn into their mind, heart and soul
Fear God (honor him, revere him, respect him, glorify him)
keep his commandments (his laws, precepts, word)
for this is the whole duty (purpose) of man (me)
Without doing so
one's life is meaningless (lacking any apparent purpose, empty, worthless, futile)
no matter what we achieve in fame, fortune, possession or the good we may even do for others
because all of that will be forgotten after we die, subsequent generations will not know us or remember us
but where we stand with God
what we think of him
whether we accept Jesus as our Savior
that has eternal worth, that has meanting, that has purpose and that is how we should live
loving Jesus and making Jesus known
in our days under the sun, of which there really are so few of them
no matter how many years we live.
May I live a meaningful life Lord, for your glory.