THE MATTERING THINGS
Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 NASB
1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;2 before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; 3 in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and those who look through windows grow dim; 4 and the doors on the street are shut as the sound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the daughters of song will sing softly. 5 Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street. 6 Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; 7 then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”
9 In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.
11 The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. 12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
- Life Is A School 12:1-8
- Life Is A Stewardship 12:9-14
- (v. 12:1-2) Life is filled with distractions that can cause us to forget the mattering things and pursue futile things. When have you experienced “distracted living” and forgotten where you come from, why you’re here and where you’re going? What did you learn most from this experience?
- (v. 12:1-2) How do tests and difficulties in life help us remember our Creator and the things that matter?
- (v. 12:3-8) How has aging helped you remember your Creator and focus on mattering things?
- (v. 12:9) How has your personal story impacted how you view people? When do you find yourself avoiding, ignoring, or isolating yourself from people? Do you believe people matter to God? How does that show up in your life?
- (v. 12:10-14) The Bible says repeatedly to “Fear God.” How is the fear of God the beginning of wisdom? How does the fear of God lead us to faith in Christ? How has the fear of God freed you from fear of men?