Words from the Heart for Friday December 29th, 2017
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.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NIV)
The Conclusion of it All
The fear of the Lord truly is the beginning of wisdom. It’s really possible to order our lives in His ways. This is duty but also a great privilege. We can be saved so much unnecessary trouble by choosing His ways. Let’s thank Him: “Father, today I choose Your ways instead of following my own schemes. I receive Your wisdom. I thank You for loving me enough to guide me in Your ways.”
There was a day when Studebaker was a household name. They produced fine automobiles until the mid-1960’s when, after years of declining sales, they produced their final car. Its final production facility was in Hamilton, Ontario, its Canadian operations always having been profitable. Studebaker left the automobile business on March 17, 1966 after an announcement on March 4 that it would be closing the Hamilton facility. A turquoise and white Cruiser sedan was the last of fewer than 9,000 1966 models manufactured.
There is no lack of advice these days. You will find it coming from bookshelves, talk radio, daytime TV and social media. Everybody has ideas about how to make your life better. Solomon was gifted with wisdom and spent his life examining life. With all the advice and wisdom in the world, Solomon wraps it all up in Ecclesiastes 12:13 this way: “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.” When all of the human wisdom is considered, and found to be wanting, when the confusion of conflicting advice is found to be wanting, the only advice that makes sense it this: recognize the reality of God and live according to His precepts. The great need of the human heart is to come into relationship with our Creator God. When we do so through faith in Jesus Christ, He puts our lives together, and empowers us to live a life that has meaning and purpose. As this year comes to an end, this ought to be the conclusion of it all – love God and live for Him.
These have been words from the heart.