Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Remember the Darkness

7 Truly the light is sweet,
And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;
8 But if a man lives many years
And rejoices in them all,
Yet let him remember the days of darkness,
For they will be many.
All that is coming is vanity.
(Ecclesiastes 11:7-8, New King James Version)

Remember the Darkness

Why would Solomon give us the advice, remember the darkness? Would it not be much more pleasant for us to remember the good things in life, and not the bad?

We love the sunshine, especially after days of clouds and rain. As a matter of fact, the first sun-shiny day is so glorious after a long spell of rain. Do we feel the same way about the sunshine after days or weeks of sunny days?

Now let us think about our cloudy days. As Christians, what do we notice about our days of adversity and the effects they have on our spiritual lives? It is one thing to say that I trust in the Lord, but it is far different when our days become filled with pain and/or grief to say that I trust in the Lord. Cloudy days, therefore, build our trust in God; as we see Him faithfully take us through the bad times, we know we can trust Him to do it again.

I really think that is what Solomon is thinking in these verses.

Yet let him remember the days of darkness,
For they will be many.

Our relationship to Christ should grow and mature throughout our life so that we will not fear the days of darkness to come. Yes, there are many days of darkness in a lifetime, but nothing is ever out of the reach of God's help. How do we learn that? We learn that through the days of darkness.

Will it always be this way throughout eternity? Of course not! As Christians we know that the better days are coming when we will live with Christ forever. Do you think we will appreciate heaven more because of the days we lived in this life?

It is an interesting thought.

God Bless You,

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