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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!

Here is my final conclusion: fear God and obey his commandments, for this is the entire duty of man. For God will judge us for everything we do, including every hidden thing, good or bad.

Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 Living Bible (TLB)

Everyone has an opinion. The right to our own perspective on things is a part of our God-given free will but that doesn't necessarily mean it is right or the final word on what is really going on. Our viewpoint is usually relative to our experience. Only God has the power of ultimate truth and everyone with an opinion will realize one day that it is only His Word that holds any weight on what is or what will be. Believing and trusting in God is the only information available to us that will count for anything when all is said and done. That is not my opinion. That's God's Word (1 Corinthians 14:6).

Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge when God offered him anything he desired (2 Chronicles 1:7-10) and God gave him what he asked for. God also threw in wealth and honor because He was pleased with Solomon's request. As he served God in the way of his father, King David, Solomon became great. Much of his wisdom is shared with us in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs. Solomon lost his way at times in his life, but don't we all eventually fall short when we don't do all we know we should that is pleasing to God? Yet Solomon never lost his honor. He concluded that we should revere (fear) God and obey His commandments as is our duty. God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us because with or without wisdom, we can't seem to get it right sometimes as we too often rely on our own opinions. We need our Savior's Spirit to wise us up so that our opinions can be worth something more to life than our lips just moving. We need the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) to have a clear perspective of God's truth. Let's be thankful for Somebody Bigger who knows each and everything about us and loves us anyway, and enough to give us a chance to really get to know something.

We can be sure of this bit of opinionated wisdom: God will judge us for everything we do, including every hidden thing, good or bad.

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