The Conclusion of the Matter

Today's devotion from Ecclesiastes 10-12.

He has written about a lifetime of study and contemplation. He has recorded worlds turned upside down by the uncertainty of life that lead to the prince living as a pauper and the slave being exalted and riding on a horse. He has discussed folly and wisdom, youth and age. All of these things have been covered over the course of these twelve chapters. As we conclude, it boils down to this, "fear God and keep his commands." (Ecclesiastes 12:13, CSB)

After all the posturing and philosophical ideology, this is the only conclusion the teacher can come to. This is all that makes sense. We would agree with this, but the interesting argument made here is not the one we might expect. Instead of appealing to righteousness or holiness, the teacher appeals to fairness, "because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, CSB)

Injustice may reign in this fallen place, but a day is coming when all will be weighed by an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God who will hold all people, regardless of station in life, to the same exacting expectations. Consider this. Many people would lament the inequality of the world and question God's fairness, but the wizened Teacher recognizes that, in a Fallen creation, injustice is to be expected. However, a just God will right this seemingly inequitable situation in the end.

We may think it unfair that some are born into wealthy families and never know difficulty while others die of starvation in their youth. We may never know why men like Charles Manson are allowed to live while good people and loved ones succumb to death so young. At the end of the day, there is one great equality, and that is a loving God who holds all to His standard regardless. The rich and the poor are equal in His sight. Those who have and those who lack stand together before Him. There is not regard for color, or ethnicity, or language, or education when His judgment is executed.

Even more, today you have the opportunity to be the herald of justice. You have the privilege of singing the good news of equality to all men and women. As God's justice is completely equitable, so too is His gospel.