My thoughts on The Book of Ecclesiastes

Last night as I opened my Bible God led me to the Book of Ecclesiastes.  God dropped me right at 12:13 which reads ”
13 “ All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.” AMP. Bible.
 
I keep dwelling on the amplified part which kept moving in my spirit: the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.”
 
I thought wow, FULL, ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF HIS CREATION, THE ROOT OF CHARACTER, THE FOUNDATION OF ALL HAPPINESS, THE ADJUSTMENT OF ALL INHARMONIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONDITIONS. WOW!  DO YOU HEAR THAT?   That just blows me away.  The root, the foundation, his original purposes!  Talk about the core fundamentals of the faith!!! I ended up reading the whole book this morning and seeing verse 13 showed up in different places throughout the text, and as I read the introduction, I know it is the underlying theme of the book to fear and revere God.  It made me think of all the different blog posts that I have complied; I can’t remember them all, but I have a pretty good guess that they too hold this underlying theme in the majority of them, even through my frustrations and the working out of my own salvation.  I’d just like to encourage you to read the book of Ecclesiastes this week if you can.  It penetrated so deep within me yesterday and today; half the book in my AMP Bible is underlined 🙂  I’ll just leave you with the intro from the Amp, well a few lines.  The purpose of this book is to investigate life as a whole and to teach that in the final analysis life is meaningless without proper respect and reverence for God.  In the end faith teaches him that God has ordered all things according to his own purposes, and that man’s role is to accept these, including his own limitations, and God’s appointments. Man therefore should be patient and enjoy life as God gives it.  Reverence and respect for God and a genuine devotion in serving God are essential in making life worthwhile.  I guess this is where I am on the journey.  I get this and now it’s just oozing out of me.  My hearts desire is to live and worship the King, to bring him Glory in all my life, as I learn to love, fear and revere him.  It’s such an awesome adventure, and as much as I have learned to love and accept people where they are on their journey, my heart cry for them is to taste and see the fullness of God in their own lives.  I am praying to God to continue to give me wisdom and guide my every step as I know he will.  May you be blessed and encouraged as you read this passage and let God speak deeply and clearly to you.  In Grace and Peace, Robin

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