Background: The book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon, is an exploration of what in life is meaningful and what is meaningless. Solomon tried everything to find true meaning and satisfaction in life and came to some surprising conclusions.
At the end of Ecclesiastese and after all of his searching we find King Solomon’s final conclusion about the real purpose of life.
Ask the children…
What did King Solomon finally conclude?
“Fear (reverence) God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
We were put on this earth by God to acknowledge Him and all that He is and does and to follow His commands. Why did he conclude this?
“God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
God sees everything and is involved in every aspect of our lives. He is the final judge of everything that we do and think. Our lives are in His hands. Isn’t it wonderful to know that this is the same God who loves us so much and has our best interest in mind. He gives us real purpose.
Ask your children if they think first how their actions would please God or not? Do they realize that God is in charge of everything and involved in everything? Take some time to review what has gone on that day in their lives and acknowledge how God was involved in every incident. Then take some time to pray about tomorrow’s activities and give them up to God and tell Him that your purpose is to serve Him.
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