The Whole Duty of Man

As a young man in love, Solomon wrote a book of ROMANCE, The Song of Solomon. As a kingly father, he wrote a book of RULES, the Book of Proverbs. At last, as an old man approaching the end of his life, he wrote a book of REGRETS. We call that book Ecclesiastes.

In that memoir, he spoke of all the dead end paths that he had followed in life–trying in vain to find meaning “under the sun.”

Wise man that he was, he finally realized that ultimate meaning is not to be found in an earthbound existence. It must be rooted in an eternal world view and a heavenly perspective.

His conclusion? True meaning is found only in a right relationship with your Creator. What must you do? “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Of course, we cannot keep God’s commandments perfectly. So the One Who could do so became one of us, lived without sin, and yet died for the sins of everyone else that we might be motivated and empowered to fulfill our purpose . . . to fear God and keep His commandments.

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