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Remember Your Creator

Author: Roy B. Zuck
Week of July 17, 2016
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

“I’ll wait till I’m old and then I’ll turn to Christ.” Such a delay tactic is foolhardy. Only the youth who reflect on the fact that God is their sovereign Creator, and live accordingly, have their lives in proper perspective. As DeHaan and Vander Lugt explain, “When a young person combines the enthusiasm, idealism, and energy of youth with a deep devotion to the Lord, he has all the ingredients for a wonderful life” (The Art of Staying Off Dead-end Streets, Victor, 1974).

Wait till you’re old and your energy for serving the Lord will be gone. Older years are “days of trouble” when much of life’s fun is missing (12:1). Solomon compared old age to the cloudy, depressing days of winter, when the sun, moon, and stars are covered by clouds (v. 2). Then he wrote in figurative language of the many physical ailments and mental fears that come in our sunset years. Our legs and arms become weak, our teeth few, our eyes dim, our ears deaf, our nerves jagged, our fears and apprehensions greater, our pace slower, our physical desires weakened (vv. 3-5). Others believe Solomon was comparing death to an abandoned house in which the keepers of the house are afraid, the strong men are weak, the grinders (of corn) leave (“the sound of grinding fades”), men have no joy in singing, people are afraid of dangers, and in winter (“when the almond tree blossoms”) people have no desires.

After the body slowly disintegrates in old age, the person is gone, and loved ones bemoan their loss. Death comes with finality like the cutting of a cord that holds a lamp or like the shattering of a water pitcher (v. 6). Made of dust from the ground (Gen. 2:7), we return to the ground where our physical bodies decay. But our spirits live on throughout eternity.

Don’t wait: Serve Him now while you are young. Or if you are already in your later years and have never made Christ your Saviour, turn to Him before it’s too late.