ecclesiastes 12

Sometimes people are not immediately punished for the bad things they do. Their punishment is slow to come, and that makes other people want to do bad things too. A sinner might do a hundred evil things and still live a long time. But I know that it is still better to obey and respect God.
—  Ecclesiastes 8:11-12
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So put away trouble from your heart, and sorrow from your flesh; because the early years and the best years are to no purpose. -  Ecclesiastes 11:10

God will be judge of every work, with every secret thing, good or evil. -  Ecclesiastes 12:14

This is the last word. All has been said. Have fear of God and keep his laws; because this is right for every man. -  Ecclesiastes 12:13

The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey His commands, because He knows about everything people do even the secret things. He knows about all the good and all the bad, and He will judge people for everything they do.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

rp. @dr.moco

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer”. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

The most important thing a person can do is to respect God and obey his commands, because he knows about everything people do, even the secret things. He knows about all the good and all the bad, and he will judge people for everything they do.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
The Importance of Prayer Partners

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Keeping your arms raised for a period of time might not seem like a difficult task—until you try it. No matter how strong you are, you’ll eventually find it impossible to hold them up, as if a 20-pound weight were strapped to each one.

In Exodus 17:8-16, Moses was faithfully praying on a hill while his soldiers were below, fighting the Amalekites. As long as his arms were raised, the Israelites prevailed. But he couldn’t maintain this posture on his own for very long. He needed Aaron and Hur to hold up his hands.

The Lord never expected Moses to do the job by himself. Nor is He going to let any one of us be absolutely independent—that isn’t how He operates. God has built His church in such a way that the world will recognize Christians by their love toward one another (John 13:35). As we ultimately depend on God, we likewise interdepend upon each other.

Everybody needs an Aaron and a Hur—people who can hold up our drooping arms and help us in our intercessions before the Lord. We don’t need helpers who react with judgmental comments or platitudes. Rather, our prayer partners should simply come alongside and intercede with and for us.

Ask God to bring people into your life who can faithfully and lovingly lift you up in prayer without judging you or expecting anything in return. And if you’re not in Moses’ situation right now, perhaps you can be someone else’s Aaron or Hur. Why not ask God to lead you to a person who would appreciate intercession?

Remember your Creator.
   Remember him while you are still young.
Think about him before your times of trouble come.
   The years will come when you will say,
   “I don’t find any pleasure in them.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:1
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14