There is no shortage of advice in today’s world. We find it in the exploding number of self-help books and magazines, radio and TV shows. No matter where we look or what we listen to, someone has some formula to solve our problems, enrich our lives, make us more attractive, even add years to our lives and make us wealthy.
Solomon, apart from his Proverbs, offered insight on how to live life well in some of his other writings. At the end of his life he wrote, “Of making many books there is no end...all has been heard and here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments.” In these few words, he went back to the beginning of his reign when his father, David, gave him some “fatherly advice” – “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires.”
There are, as mentioned earlier, many sources and recourses on how to live life. But the advice we find here is different. After reflecting on his life and reflecting on his successes and failures he summed up the essence of life: “Life, apart from God, is meaningless.”
David, “a man after God's own heart,” offered his son, Solomon, a man who would one day be recognized as “the wisest man who ever lived” a formula for success.
Wisdom, however, only has value if followed. As long as Solomon followed the advice of his father, David, God honored and blessed him. And, nothing has changed.
If we follow the advice of our Heavenly Father as we are presented in His Word, He will honor and bless us, too.
Prayer: To understand Your requirements, Father, is easier said than done. But with Your power, it is possible. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ecclesiastes 1:11-14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.