DEVOTION – DAY 69
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Fearing and Obeying God”
Ecclesiastes 12 :13-14 “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil.”
The writer of Ecclesiastes is thought by many to be King Solomon, the wisest and richest man during his time on earth. Despite all his wealth and experiences, he concluded in Ecclesiastes that everything in life was meaningless. He summarized his belief in vv.13-14 above that in the end, the only thing in life that mattered was to fear God, obey Him and let God be the judge of everything. Nothing escapes God.
Today, many people do not follow this advice. People do not want to leave matters to God to be the final judge. People demand their rights and they want judgment to be in their favor. They want results fast and they are not willing to wait for God to act. They are not willing to do what God says is the right thing to do. They want to settle matters using their own way because they do not like to do what God says.
A man contracted HIV because he had sex with many people. When he found out he was HIV positive, he was angry. He was angry for having the virus. He was angry with God. He wanted revenge and so, he took his anger out on others by continuing to have sex with many people infecting them with the virus. When he was finally arrested, he had already infected many people. His selfish act of revenge did not cure him of HIV, it only caused misery and ruined the lives of others.
A woman suspected her husband of being unfaithful. So, she confronted her husband who denied everything. She did not believe him and so, she decided to make his life unbearable by being quarrelsome and difficult. Their marriage suffered. She only saw the marriage breakdown from her point of view. She refused to see things from her husband’s point of view or that she had any part to play in their marriage breakdown. She did not want to forgive her husband.
These are just two examples of how people react to situations rather than allowing God to be the judge. They do not fear and trust God nor want to do what is right. When that happens, their lives spin out of control and they face much grief.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, help us to always fear you and keep your commandments, and to leave you to be the ultimate judge. You know everything but we do not. In the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
- What matters will you surrender to the Lord for Him to judge and settle, rather than take matters into your own hands?
- How have your efforts in trying to settle things your own way brought you trouble in the past? Discuss.
- Why is it difficult for you to leave matters to God to settle?
- What must you do to learn to leave matters to God?