What’s The Point?
Posted: Thursday, September 5
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
I’ve sat in many a meetings and trainings and thought, “What’s the point?” I’m sure you know the feeling. Someone is sharing every detail of their mundane story and inside you’re burning with the desire to scream, “Get on with it!” You’ve begun a book that is spending three and a half pages describing every minute detail of a door and you think, “Why are you spending so much time on a door?” You know this feelings - just get to the point!
As I’ve gotten older I appreciate the book of Ecclesiastes every time I read it. It’s ripe with wisdom and insight from someone who has seen it all! If you’ve ever shared your expert opinion on how to live life with someone young and they’re giving you that blank empty stare then you know how Solomon was feeling when he wrote Ecclesiastes. He’s seen it all, lived it all, and watched every path be taken. He’s accumulated all of the experience and advice he can give about how he understands our short time on this earth and packs it into this book. The writing is melancholy, it’s dreary, and it all gets wrapped up in one final sentence at the end. Solomon writes, “That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.”
What’s the point of this collection of experience and advice? Two things: Fear God and obey His commands. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Why? Because without reverence for God there’s no higher authority than yourself and when you do things your way it always leads to trouble. Understanding God is Almighty creates a worldview that leads towards obeying His commands. Solomon gets into the details on how to obey these commands and experience the best possible life throughout the book, but in summary it’s these two things. How would you rate yourself when it comes to fearing God and obeying His commands this week?