Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
After 11-plus chapters of ‘meaningless life’ talk, the Teacher finally draws the conclusion – and I’m so glad he did! Imagine Ecclesiastes without these last two verses. You could have some messed up theology if he hadn’t drawn this succinct ‘conclusion of the matter.’ Ecclesiastes is a great book that teaches us a lot. We can learn from someone else’s experiences, including that it is okay to struggle with the meaning of life. It’s okay to doubt. It’s okay to wonder and question God. Obviously that’s true. Obviously God does not mind. He’s allowed a whole book in the Scriptures to do exactly that.
I find meaning in my relationship and pursuit of God. I respect Him and keep His commandments. This is all that matters at the end of the day. At the end of your life. Now, it’ll take all of your days to exhaust all of His commandments and their application to your life – but it is here that we find the meaning of life.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (vs. 14)
Paul echoed this idea in Ephesians 5:13,15, “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible. Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise.”
Lord Jesus, I live for You this day. Please live Your life through me and do many good things – all for Your glory. Expose all my darkness and shine through me today. I love You, my Lord and God.