Thought For Today
Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
In Ecclesiastes 12:12 God is saying that to make many books, and to study many books is a weariness to the flesh. The word admonish means to rebuke, So what God is doing is rebuking us from making and studying many books concerning the way he wants us to live. He plainly says "of making many books there is no end;" This tells me God knew what the world was going to be like today!
There are so many books out there that tells us how to live a good life for God. People reading these books become weary! "and much study is a weariness of the flesh." One book says one thing, another book says something else! People become weary trying to decide which book to believe! People, put aside those books and pick up the bible!
God gave us a book to go by, we really don't need all those others! Some other books can be helpful, but if you are reading a book and you notice that you are gathering more questions, than the book is answering, put it down! Confusion is not of God, it is of the enemy!
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Is telling me that what we need to do is to put God first and foremost in our lives. Studying these other books that only confuse us is taking us away from God not bringing us closer to him!
God gave us the answer in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. God's conclusion about the entire matter is simple, and it is: "Fear God, and keep his commandments:" We must keep the Lord's commandments to the best of our ability, and my fear of God is to fear losing him from my life!
If we strive daily to keep his commandments then we should have no fear, like I said my fear is of not pleasing him! "for this is the whole duty of man." Our duty as man, the creations of God himself is "Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Let's do our duty! If we do our duty we will not have to be concerned about: Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Remember that every work you do, whether it be good or evil will be brought out into the open! This is not talking about the sins that you ask God to forgive you for, No, this is talking about those that have not repented for their sins, or christians that still have sin in their lives and are not removing it by asking God's forgiveness for it. Hidden secrets that many christians have in their closets, or swept under their beds, should you not get forgiveness for these things before the return of Jesus, or if you leave here by the way of the grave, then they will be brought out in the open for everyone to see, and you will be judged for them!! Get the things out of your life that shouldn't be there. You don't need many books to understand God, just do as Ecclesiastes 12:13 tells us to do.
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