According to Solomon, what is the conclusion of the whole matter (Ecclesiastes 12:13)? ________________________________________________________
Here are some personal questions to ponder regarding a healthy fear and reverence of God::
- Are you afraid of displeasing the Lord?
- Are you afraid of not being right with the Lord?
- Are you afraid of sinning against a Holy God?
- Are you afraid of having less than God’s very best?
- Are you afraid of not hearing God’s “WELL DONE”?
Each and every one of us is personally responsible to fear the Lord. If we fail to do it, we have only ourselves to blame. The Bible teaches that the fear of God is something that we must choose:
CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD
“But a woman who feareth the LORD, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30b).
The God-fearing woman will be praised. In verse 28 we learned that her husband praises her (the same Hebrew word is used). Her children will speak well of her and praise her as well (v. 28). Her maidens and household servants who were privileged to observe her godly walk on a daily basis will also join in her praise (v. 15). The poor and needy who were the objects of her generosity will also offer their commendation (v. 20). But most importantly, on that day when every deed is brought into judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:14), she will receive the only commendation that really matters: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). At that time the Lord “will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; then shall every man have praise of God” (1 Corinthians 4:5). A godly, virtuous life will be rewarded.