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. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiates 12:1-7
As we come to the last chapter in the book of Ecclesiastes, all I can think is remember, remember, remember. God’s word is pure, God’s word is right; God’s word should be the center of our lives. As I read this I can see how important it is to remember God in our youth. I did not know the Lord until my early 20’s but had to learn how “to walk with Him” daily. (I still struggle) I tried to instill in my children to put Him first.
The first verse in chapter 12 tells us to remember our Creator in the days of our youth because before you know it the evil days will be coming. We need to be strong in God.
Verse two reminds us that the sun, moon and stars are bright “but the time will come when there will be darkness and one storm after another. “ ~ Be Satisfied, Warren Wiersbe
Solomon then speaks about a house falling apart in verses 3-7, which is a description of getting old. Warren Wiersbe has a list of words with the meanings in Be Satisfied but I found this description in the New Living Translation which explains it well.
3 Remember him before your legs--the guards of your house--start to tremble; and before your shoulders--the strong men--stoop. Remember him before your teeth--your few remaining servants--stop grinding; and before your eyes--the women looking through the windows--see dimly. 4 Remember him before the door to life's opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint. 5 Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral. 6 Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don't wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well. 7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:3-7 New Living Translation
When we remember God and He is always in our thoughts, it will be easier to remember Him when we are going through hard times.
Here are a few times when we should remember God:
· In the morning
· At breakfast
· At lunch
· At dinner
· Throughout the day
· At night
· When everything is going wrong
· When everything is going right
· When we have nothing
· When we have everything
God needs to be in our thoughts constantly. We need to mediate on His Word and be in conversation with Him daily.
Here is a challenge: take a few minutes and find out how many times the word” remember” is mentioned in the Bible.
Have a blessed day,