Final words are important. There was the man in the hospital who whispered to his friend in a dying gasp words so faint, they could barely be heard. When he finally mustered enough energy- his friend leaned close to hear the all important words “you’re standing on my oxygen line”. Lol… Ok, that’s a joke. But, at the end of his book, Solomon gives us important parting thoughts. He says that he has tried over his life to share his God-given wisdom with others. He reflected on his life’s work. He recognized all was given by One Shepherd. He cautioned about pursuing too much in books and missing out on living life with other people. Reading books is usually a solo exercise. We need people and family… that’s what makes life rich. Lastly, he says reconcile with the God who made you, as you prepare to face him. Fear (respect) God, obey what He has commanded, everyone will be held to account for what we have done with His Son Jesus. Now those are pretty great final words.
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:11:14 NASB
How do I fear and respect God? Am I ready to answer for what I have done in this life in response to Jesus, His love, sacrifice and saving power?
God, as this day begins- Its a day ministering with a family losing a husband and father. May I be of use as I hold out the hope of heaven? Prepare all things. Help us capture the attention of heaven itself with honor and praise. Then, please help me complete the legal tasks ahead to bless people in a different way. Would you walk with me, give me thoughts beyond my own, and love overflowing? I want to walk with the wise, prepare for heaven, and always respect You, O Lord.