March 8, 2007 § Leave a comment
Ecclesiastes 12:1-4, “1. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2. While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3. In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4. And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low. 5. Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6. Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 8. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”
In the text above, the Preacher, describes for us the importance of being taught the truths of our Creator from our youth. The word “remember” in this text means to “call to mind” or to be “mindful of”, it can also be rendered “record”. The obvious inference is that for one to “remember” something they must have previous knowledge of it, or in others words, been taught.
Children raised in a covenant home, are taught about God from their earliest years when parents are faithful to their covenant responsibilities. As a result they will be equip to face the challenges of life, they will have been taught that God is sovereign and that He providentially rules of all things. This glorious knowledge provides grounds for joy in the middle of trouble, peace in the middle of the storm, and thanksgiving for the mercies of God.
In contrast, the text describes for us the plight of those who remember not these truths, those who are unable to call these to mind. Their lives are characterized with displeasure and fear, they have no joy nor peace of mind. They have no stability in the day of trouble. The text describes for us the the fear and uncertainty when the day that is dreaded most of all approaches. When we are faced with death. For those without God have no hope beyond the grave, they have nothing but fear.
For the covenant child, who as been brought to believe and trust in God, he has the hope of covenant promise, and can face this day with peace and assurance. For he/she has been taught, as David records in Psalm 39, man’s frailty, that the days of every man are measured and in God’s hand, that man in his best state is vanity and that his/her hope is in God alone.
Psalm 39:4-5, “4. Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. 5. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 6. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. 7. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.”
Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West