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The Conclusion of the Matter

Scripture reading for July 15th: Ecclesiastes 7-12

Ecclesiastes has some good and practical advice for us to heed today.  The wise learn from others’ wisdom because they listen and are teachable.  I have saved myself many headaches and heartaches by listening to God’s word and heeding its wise advice.  Here are some verses that have spoken to me from today’s reading.

“When a sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of people are filled with schemes to do wrong.  Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better with God-fearing men, who are reverent before God.” (Ecclesiastes 8:11-12)    Our justice system was originally based on swift punishment but has deteriorated with abundant crime and lax sentences.  Crime increases when sentences are not carried out.  The fear of God restrains evil and helps on His judgment day.

“Cast your bread on the water, and after many days you will find it again.  Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2)  Wise money management requires investing or sowing in order to reap.  Sowing in a diversity of investment is wise because of possible trouble if you put all your investments in one thing.  This simple advice can help us in today’s economy.

“Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”–” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)   As I get older, this advice is something I would give to my own grandchildren and all young people.  An early walk with God, our creator, is the best foundation for all of life and serves us well when we get old and face death.

After trying everything “under the sun”, the preacher (King Solomon) gives us a summary of his findings.  When this wise man boils it all down, the answer to a full life here on earth and a blessed eternity is simple enough for anyone to understand. “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.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

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