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Solomon gives answers to meaning of life

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By Jess Thompson

What is the meaning of life?
It’s hard to fathom sometimes why we are here and what our purpose in life is.
That’s why I find the Bible so intriguing. It has all of the answers.
Let me explain. God blessed King Solomon in 1 Kings Chapter 3 with, “a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you (Solomon), nor will there ever be.”
God also blessed Solomon with “both riches and honor so that in your lifetime (Solomon) you will have no equal among kings.”
So what we have here is the wisest man to have ever lived and quite possibly the richest. I can only imagine, say, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and perhaps Albert Einstein rolled into one.
Now, as Solomon’s life came to a close, he penned the book Ecclesiastes as kind of a farewell or warning for others.
Ecclesiastes 11: 9-10 tells us, “follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.
“So then banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.”
This word is used several times for Solomon to explain the meaning of life. Solomon concludes Ecclesiastes in Chapter 12:13-14 by saying, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”  So we have the wisest man to have ever lived summing up life as basically to love and obey God our creator, no more, no less.
Everything else is meaningless.
How powerful yet so simple. How do you make God the purpose of your life?

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at jessinlawrenceburg@gmail.com.