Today you should read: Ecclesiastes 12
Keep it simple …
Ever wish we could get an easy summary of the hard books of the Bible? Well, this is what we see in this last chapter of Ecclesiastes. In this chapter, he is summarizing. Everything that he has said thus far in the entire book all comes down to this. He keeps it simple.
Here’s what we are told:
- Remember your Creator – because everything else is temporary. (v. 1-8)
From the very beginning, we are told to remember God early in life. Why? Because everything else we could spend our days living for will all come to an end. The sun, light, moon, and stars will be darkened. The dust will return to the earth. And, everything in between will be no more. We might as well live for something eternal right from the start.
- Remember God’s Words – they’re all you need (v. 9-12)
We are told that these words have been carefully put together. And the words from the Shepherd will guide us. Don’t go too far as to study and read other things every second. We can go too far in these things when even “Christian books” (principles and opinions) begin to drown out the simple truths that we know God is calling us to trust and act on. God wants us to understand and pursue the basics.
- Remember to trust and obey Him – keep it simple (v. 13-14)
At the end of the day, just fear God (trust Him, hold Him in reverence, love Him, delight in Him) and obey what He tells you. This is what everything boils down to. I think we can apply this by merely loving Him, loving people, hearing from His Word, obeying His Word, sharing our faith, and making disciples. As Tim Parsons tells us, we really have no business worrying about the other things until we get the basics.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione