The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of November 22-28, 2015, is Ecclesiastes 12:8-14. The book of Ecclesiastes is believed to have been written by King Solomon. Solomon was known for his earthly and political wisdom. However, Solomon lacked a close relationship with the Lord and Godly knowledge. The book of Ecclesiastes is an attempt by Solomon to discover the meaning of life, excluding the Lord. This week’s passage is the conclusion of his search.
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity (futility).” Furthermore, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; and he pondered and searched out and arranged many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find delightful words, even to write correctly words of truth. The words of the wise are like [prodding] goads, and these collected sayings are [firmly fixed in the mind] like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this my son, [about going further than the words given by one Shepherd], be warned: the writing of many books is endless [so do not believe everything you read], and excessive study and devotion to books is wearying to the body. When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, every hidden and secret thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:8-14, AMP)
Solomon acknowledges that the Preacher is correct. Without the Lord in your life, your life is without meaning. Solomon was unable to find satisfactory meaning in anything in life without the Lord. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon the verses for this week, consider your life. What is the Lord doing in your life? Are you fighting Him?