Read: Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

There are many people who have everything in life but are really empty. There was a young man whose parents were killed in a car accident when he was a teenager. He inherited a huge fortune. He went on to have a lavish lifestyle, driving luxury cars, wearing expensive clothes, had food at expensive restaurants, travelled to exotic locations around the world. He did what he wanted to do. But he was miserably empty. His life took a radical change when his godly grandmother led him to Christ. When Jesus filled his emptiness, he had a new purpose in life.

King Solomon was the richest man who lived in his time. He indulged in everything what life had to offer. Towards the end of his life, he was an empty man. He cried out, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What all things did he find unsatisfying? He had tried wine, women, wisdom, work, going after other gods, wealth, wonders, etc., but none of them really quenched his thirsty soul. He knew he was really empty.

Eccl. 12:1, 13-14 says, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth …Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Many things that we hold on to so dearly in life will be of no value. They don’t have the inherent quality to satisfy us or give us lasting joy and pleasure. And every work, including the most secret things will be brought to judgement. How wise and better would it be to realise this at a young age and live in the fear of the Lord.

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