“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no delight in them’;…” Ecclesiastes 12:1
One of my favorite books in the Bible is Ecclesiastes, written by Solomon. Solomon is acclaimed as the wisest man to ever live. He speaks in this book about life’s most challenging questions.
As we begin the New Year, I think we should ask one of Solomon’s questions, what does it mean to remember the Creator in the days of our youth?
1. Time is short
Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to withdraw during the day. What would you do? You would withdraw every cent each day of course. Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time. Every morning you are credited with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost any seconds you have failed to invest for good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you and each night if you fail to use the days deposits the loss is yours. Invest your time wisely, says the Lord.
2. The days of your youth means while you have a chance and while you have an opportunity and while you have all your faculties.
The serious time is now. Beware of allowing the best years of your life to pass by while you are waiting for them to begin. You dare not presume upon the future. You dare not be entangled in your past. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth because let me remind you that as you proceed—you are going to encounter the fact of life’s frailty and death’s certainty. The message is very simple and maybe a little harsh; wise up you’re going to die! Remember your creator while you have an opportunity before the days of trouble come, says Solomon.
In verse 2 Solomon talks about the general desolation of old age. Not everyone ages in the same way. Some are spry and bright, some are old before their time and some at old age can hear whispering in the room while others are deaf before they should be. You don’t have to be a genius to discover that things run down as life continues, and the lights go out. The lights for many of us will be withdrawn when we are unaware. Our senses, our faculties… an elderly member of the family asking when are we having lunch twenty minutes after she ate lunch? She can describe for you in detail her wedding dress, which she hasn’t worn in 50 years; but she has forgotten she had lunch just 20 minutes ago. Why can’t I drive my car, he says? Where is my driver’s license? Why can’t we go to the zoo the way we always did? Where is Jim? Where is Ann? (They haven’t been around in ages.) Where are all my friends? How terribly strange it is to be 70 or 80 or 90; to sit on a park bench like a bookend. The time ticks by with incredible speed as you age. Do not wait another year, begin to…
3. Remember your Creator.
Drop every sense of self-sufficiency and cast yourself unreservedly on God as your creator and sustainer. Offer to God the same kind of passion and intense loyalty that the psalmist felt toward Jerusalem his homeland in Psalm 137: By the rivers of Babylon we sat down, and we wept. To remember Jesus is to know Jesus as your highest joy. Remember your creator…. know him, love him, serve him as your highest joy. It is time to be perfect stewards of all that God has gifted you, including wealth, talents, opportunities, children, marriages and giving to others both in time and money.
Remember your creator while you have the opportunity, in a way that gives up your self-dependence and trusts only in God, for the days of trouble will indeed come for all of us. Better to remember now than to spend eternity with regret!
Ronald Reagan gave many speeches that were memorable. One of the speeches he gave that touched my heart was when he found out about his Alzheimer’s. It was profound when on the 5th of November 1994 having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he did what you would expect him to do as a man of integrity and faith. He stepped forward and said that he wants to say this so that he could help others who are going to go down this same pathway. And then in those immortal words, which became the sound bite for years, he looked the camera in the eye, and he said, “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.”
Alistar Begg said it best; “You and I have begun the journey that will lead us into the sunset of our lives, and we began it the day we were born. That is why hellos are sad. Because you know the minute you say hello you have opened the door to goodbye.”
“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth…”
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