The Truth Life: Do You Revere God?


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The Truth Life: Do You Revere God?

Embracing the Duty of Man

by Veritas Vita 777


Do I revere God? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately. I love all of the Bible. It’s God’s Word. But Ecclesiates and Proverbs are two books that I love because of all the wisdom they offer.


9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
(Ecc. 12:9-14, NKJV)

“Early on in his book, the Preacher speaks of his pursuit of wisdom (1:12-2:26). It is possible that he speaks of himself here in the third person (as in 1:1,2). Probably it was an editor under the guiding hand of God who wrote these evaluations of Solomon, much as Joshua or some other editor wrote an evaluation of Moses under the influence of God’s Spirit (Deut. 34). The three verbs [pondered, sought out, and set in order] that describe Solomon’s activity may also be translated ‘weighed…examined…and arranged.’” [Source: TNSB] As a believer, you should hold the words of the Bible in the same value as the ‘Preacher’ pondered, sought out, and set in order the proverbs of wisdom included in this book.


In the conclusion of this matter [seeking and sharing wisdom and the whole duty of man], he shared in verses 13-14 that it’s important to fear God and keep His commandments. “This is man’s all.” Fearing or revering God is one of the main themes in Ecclesiates.


When you fear God, you are not afraid of Him. Rather, you stand in awe of Him. You act in reverence to Him. Fearing God means that you look at Him in wonder. You desire to live a life dedicated to following His ways. You don’t condone evil conduct in your life. You will hold NO idols above God and will only worship Him.


As a Christian, you are saved and won’t be judged for your sin. However, you will be held accountable for your actions. Basically, all of your life will be reviewed at the Judgment Seat of Christ (See: 2 Cor. 5:9-11).


The main lesson I’ve learned from the book of Ecclesiates is that it’s vital to live a life that is dedicated to holy living and reverence to God. Do you revere God?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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