I have been reading Ecclesiastes lately. I have read it before, I’ve done Sunday school lessons on its wisdom, preached on it, and counseled people with it. King Solomon we know had wisdom, but like many of us, he lived as though the future is uncertain and the past is irrelevant. He chased after everything that life had to offer him only to come to a point where he realized earthly pursuits were futile. Near the end of his life, filled with remorse and regret, Solomon came to a place which speaks to us down through the ages. When a person is young it’s easy for them to forget who they are spiritually. I did it. I would say that it’s easy to walk away from a life of self-surrender at any age, but it is easier when a person is young. Easier to just walk away from the faith, from the church, and from a surrendered self-will to God’s will. Therefore, in Ecclesiastes he writes: “Remember your creator in the days of your youth.” (12:1) He wrote this because after some time of real reflection, he himself realized that this was a truth that he had forgotten somewhere along the way. Why is this admonition important? Solomon answers this question in the last two verses of the same chapter.
“Now that all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is
good or evil”.
Dear Lord, more of You, Your perfect will and much less of mine.
In Jesus Name, Amen!