Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Remember Your Creator!

1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “ I have no pleasure in them”: 2 While the sun and the light, The moon and the stars, Are not darkened, And the clouds do not return after the rain; 3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim; 4 When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low. 5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets. 6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well. 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8 “ Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “ All is vanity.”
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Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, New King James Version)

Remember Your Creator!


1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “ I have no pleasure in them”:

A few years ago (well maybe more than just a few!) these words would have seemed foreign to me. As one who has always enjoyed a great love of living, and a good measure of health, it seemed as though days such as this would never come.

As I have grown older, it is true that there seem to be fewer and fewer "sunny" days. (As a matter of fact, I know that many, unfortunately, see days such as this even in their youth.) I read the words from Ecclesiastes 12 and feel a great empathy and a greater understanding of those described in verses 3 and 4.

3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim; 4 When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low.

What are we to do when we see these days fast approaching, or even upon us now? Are we, as Christians to live our lives in great despair? No! As Christians, we know that this world is not our real home. We also understand that God allows many evils to come upon us so that we may be strengthened in our faith. How does Solomon tell us to respond to these days? As he encouraged us in verse 1, so he again asserts to us in verse 6, Remember your Creator!

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well.

As a matter of fact, he encourages us to remember our Creator before these days come! Why? Solomon reminds us that in this earth, all is vanity, or emptiness! Only in Christ is there true fulfillment and hope for the future.

So, this day I encourage you to remember your Creator. He, alone, is eternal; He will never forsake us, but will bring us safely into His kingdom for all eternity when our days on this earth are done.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,
Linda

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