Obey God's Commands Before It's Too Late - Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
April 21, 2023, 9:00 AM

13. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man. 14. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Maybe you are not young any more, and maybe like the prodigal son, you've already fallen and are discovering the things that you wish you had done or not done earlier in life. Maybe you wonder if it is too late. It is not too late. Make Christ the center of your life before the final days. Put Christ on the throne of your life before your days on earth have ended. Solomon explains all of life in this one sentence. "Fear God and keep his commands. For it is the whole duty of man.” What is life but to know God and be obedient to Him?

One who fears God need never fear death. For He alone is the conqueror of death. Death is so uncertain. We never know when it comes. Many younger people are planning to give God wilted flowers, but then never reach that stage before the life is taken by tragedy or disease. Now is the time to make the creator your master and Lord. Doing God's will means obedience to follow Him by putting your faith in Him and confession of sin.

Are you willing to turn the management of your life to the one who is your creator and knows how you best function anyway? He knows the vocation that you are best suited for, the mate who is best for you, and the experiences in life teach the important lessons. He does not promise rose gardens, but there is His promise - He is willing to be with us through the gardens of life when we let Him take the lead.

Maybe you've made many mistakes; maybe you learned the hard way like Solomon. In youth perhaps you made a commitment to Him that you have not kept and now you have felt like you've failed miserably. Maybe you've lived outside of God's plan for your life in disobedience and you know it, because the Spirit is even now reminding you of that fact.

Our mortality has sent you many messengers. Look at yourself in the mirror and you'll see some of them. While there is still time heed the Spirit of God who urges you to repent. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

For one growing older in the Lord, life is blessed even with its inconveniences. II Cor 4:12 says, “Though I am wasting away, my inner life is being renewed each day."

APPLICATION: Make God center of your life before the evil days come; before your best years are over; before you are taken in death; before the Lord’s return; before it is too late.

PRAYER:  Lord, help me to number my days so that they count for the good of my soul and to Your Glory.