The Conclusion of The Matter Is…
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NKJV)
The conclusion of the whole matter…
When I look at the two words whole matter, I sense we sometimes need a “check-up from the neck-up”.
Why, what do you mean, writer?
I’ll tell you what I mean.
I mean, in hearing these two words, the reality of the Kingdom of God kicks in, and I come to realize that it’s not about me and my one-fourth piece of the pie. It’s about God and His Kingdom in its entirety.
The whole pie — the whole enchilada!
I get a more profound revelation of us being one part of a whole that completes the plans and purposes of God.
The scriptures tell us, God knows the end from the beginning. And rightly so, because He is the one who wrote the script.
We find such truth in Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
Let me remind you. God will have His way. There’s no doubt about it. His plans and purposes cannot be outwitted or frustrated. It is our responsibility to inquire of the Lord, His will for our lives; thus, making way for God to accomplish His plan through our obedience.
“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8, NLT)
Jesus knew the matter’s conclusion when He found the disciples sleeping after asking them to tarry with Him. Peter, James, and John were only one-fourth of a piece of the pie.
Jesus knew the conclusion of the matter when Judas betrayed Him for thirty pieces of silver — that would be $197.40 today. However, Judas was only one-fourth of a part of the pie. God had a more excellent plan.
Jesus knew the matter’s conclusion when He stood on Jewish trial before Annas, Caiaphas, and the full Sanhedrin Court. He knew they were only a partial piece of the pie, and His Father had a greater plan.
Jesus knew the conclusion of the matter when He stood on Roman trial before Pilate and Herod. He knew they were only a piece of the pie and that it was the final ruling of the Sovereign Judge that matters the most.
Jesus knew that the cross and a cold empty tomb was only one-half of the pie and that the fullness of God’s plan is soon to come.
Jesus knows that the resurrection is three-fourths of the pie, and at the set time, God’s eternal plan will come into its fullness.
The conclusion of the whole matter is God’s kingdom will come, and God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Having Coffee on The Couch, in the presence of God, helps keep us humble in His sight. It reminds us that we are not the whole pie but a part of the whole, reminding us that there is a greater force operating behind the scenes orchestrating the affairs of our lives.
I pray that during this Holy Week, you will Come to The Conclusion of The Whole Matter and have the privilege of experiencing a new manifestation in Christ — your one-fourth of a piece of the pie taken to a new level.
Join me next week for Coffee on The Couch.