Ecclesiastes 12:10-13 The Living Bible
9 … the Preacher was wise; he went on teaching the people all he knew; and he collected proverbs and classified them. 10 For the Preacher was not only a wise man but a good teacher; he not only taught what he knew to the people but taught them in an interesting manner. 11 The wise man’s words are like goads that spur to action. They nail down important truths. Students are wise who master what their teachers tell them. 12 But, my son, be warned: there is no end of opinions ready to be expressed. Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting! 13 Here is my final conclusion: fear God and obey his commandments, for this is the entire duty of man.
It is presumed that Solomon—who asked only for wisdom from God—is the writer of Ecclesiastes. Our passage of Scripture for today is at the end of Ecclesiastes. Also known as the Preacher in his day, Solomon makes it clear to his students that wisdom is far better than being intelligent.
We might think that the idea of fearing God and obeying his commands is the entire duty of man, is excessive and unnecessary. However, in the complexities of our today world, we might look at it this way: “as we live from day to day, keep God in the uppermost part of our mind, always strive to please him, and be willing to admit our mistakes and repent when we disappoint him.”
People pleasing is senseless and never ends. I’ve tried it. It frustrates and disappoints. It’s never enough.