Solomon concludes these writings with a life-changing command...”Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” How far have we fallen from this simple truth? Our goals are not focused on God’s commandments and are not directed by a holy fear of the Almighty. We live as we want to live and do what we want to do without thought of God and His plan for our lives. Solomon’s point is that anything beyond “fear[ing] God and keep[ing] His commandments” is vanity and a chasing after the wind. It comes to nothing and is meaningless. I love that the king challenges the younger generations to take this to heart and not waste the best years of their lives. Sadly, many of our churches are not filled with that younger generation because they are lost in the culture, or, in their minds, they do not need weekly, corporate worship. We must set the record straight with our children and with our culture: we need Jesus, and we need to walk in obedience to His commandments. Without Him, life is meaningless. A person can be wealthy and live a meaningless life. A person can be successful and live a meaningless life. A person can raise great kids who make a powerful impact upon their world and live a meaningless life. Our value is not found in what we do or the size of our bank account; it is found in the person of Jesus Christ. If He is not at the heart of who we are, then we are chasing after the wind. Young and old need to hear and heed this powerful word, for in the end, what really matter is that we learn to fear God and keep His commandments.

Help me, Lord, to fear You and keep Your commandments. Help me to stand strong against the culture and my own stupidity so that I can live life to the fullest and not waste a moment.