Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Forgotten!

10 Then I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of holiness, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done. This also is vanity. 11 Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. 13 But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
(Ecclesiastes 8:10-13, New King James Version)

Forgotten!

Gone, but not forgotten! It is a great sentiment, but is it true? How long are people remembered beyond their death? Though famous or infamous people are known for years or even centuries beyond their death, what do we remember? Do we remember their kindness or lack of it? Do we remember their voice? Do we remember their touch?

No, the only thing remembered is a semblance of statistics passed on through our histories, but we personally do not remember them. How should that affect the way in which we live?

As Christians, we can readily answer that question, however, how much does this affect the lives of most people? What is our true purpose in this life? Is it pleasing to God that we neglect those in our lives who really love and know us so that we may make a lasting name for ourselves?

From a different perspective Solomon asks, "Why are the hearts of the sons of men bent toward evil?" Or, we might ask, "Why do so many neglect or ignore the commandments of God?" The answer to both questions is the same.

Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

We see judgment for evil postponed again and again; we are certainly familiar with that in our legal system in the United States. But, what about the judgment of God? God is truly long suffering and forgiving. Still, it is wrong for Christians or professing Christians to presume upon the grace of God by saying, "It will be a long time before I have to face God. I have plenty of time to get serious about my relationship with God."

How does Solomon conclude this discussion.?

12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. 13 But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.

There it is! Our days, though they may be long, are but a shadow. In the end, it will be well with those who fear God, but it will not be well with the wicked.

Forgotten? Yes, in the eyes of men we will be forgotten, but in the eyes of God we will be remembered for eternity. So let us live with eternity's values in view!

God Bless You,
Linda

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