Today, I’m continuing my thought pattern from yesterday’s blog on the wisest man that ever lived on earth as he shared his views of going after foolish, meaningless, materialistic, and vain things. Solomon boasts of seeing everything under the sun – and still arrives at the conclusion that it’s all vanity.
Solomon boldly declares that seeking God is wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 12: 8 – 14:
- Point 1 – “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless”
End result: After fighting long and hard to achieve a certain level of success, finally the ship of wealth has arrived…suddenly your health begins to deteriorate, and all that you have worked long and hard for – now has to be hold. This is what King Solomon calls – “MEANINGLESS”. We run after success without God’s guidance only to be disappointed that it didn’t bring the satisfaction you were hoping for.
- Point 2 – “Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people EVERYTHING he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them.
King Solomon secret to success –he was open to continued learning even though he was the wisest man on earth.
Meaning that we all can learn from each other regardless of our status in life. He imparted wisdom and knowledge to the people on everything he knew. He was a listener – he listened, he studied, and applied simple everyday truths of life.
- Point 3 – “The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. The words of the wise are like cattle prods – painful but helpful.”
Attitude of the Teacher King Solomon: In humility went after finding the right words to speak truth clearly as he taught the next generation about the true meaning of life.
Truth hurts, but it’s helpful to those who go after wisdom.
- Point 4 – “Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep.”
Solomon learnt from the common folks around him. He learnt what not to do, and how to do it. The common everyday folks were harsh in the way they dealt with each other – it would appear as we read the bolded words above.
Point 5 – “But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out. That’s the whole story.”
Solomon warned of increased knowledge- Verdict – It wears you out. I guess knowledge and learning causes arguments and debates which can wear you out.
Be moderate in everything.
Point 6 – “Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.”
Solomon’s conclusion: Everything in life is meaningless. We take nothing with us when we die. Everything you work hard for is all vanity.
One thing that applies to everybody is to “Fear God” – honor and respect Him. Give to God what is rightly due to Him… “Obey His commandments” – trust and obey.
There’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.
- Point 7. – “God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”
Closing remark: God WILL JUDGE US FOR EVERYTHING WE DO, INCLUDING EVERY SECRET THING, whether good or bad. Kinda of scary to think about. This right here is the SUM TOTAL of LIFE.
Ecclesiastes 12:8-14 NLT