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Seeing Good Days


"Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, 'I have no pleasure in them' ....Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken,or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well" (Ecc. 12: 1 & 6).

As I close this series of devotionals from the book of Ecclesiastes, the setting seems to change in chapter 12. Oh, Solomon is still talking to the youth, but with a somewhat jaundiced view of old age. He tells the youth that the years will overtake him much faster than he knows and that he will realize a declining strength in old age. I remember the bittersweet moment when one of my sons was able to run faster than me. Understand, I was never a fast runner, but always faster than my young sons. Solomon tells the youth that then it will be too late to find a legitimate pleasure in years that he has allowed to waste away. Verse 6 above uses several metaphors to suggest the fragile nature of life. I believe that the wisdom that he is attempting to impart is saying that the more powerful one's faith in youth is, will segue to more stability when one grows old. As a 64 year old, I want to make something perfectly clear right here. Let it not be inferred that older people cannot have a beautiful life, enjoy pleasure and be spiritually secure.

The words of the apostle Peter come to mind when he echoes the teaching of Jesus; "Live in harmony with one another; be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult" (1 Pet 3:8-9). He then goes on and give a wonderful recipe for growing old by quoting some verses out of the 34th Psalm. The Psalmist prefaces his remarks this way: "Whoever would love life and see good days.....Certain things must be cultivated, planted and watered early in life to reap a golden harvest later. To the one that desires a love of life and to see good days..."he must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to his prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil" (Vs. 10-12). When we are young is the perfect time to choose God as a life partner. He should stay our partner throughout our life if we are to love it and see good days..

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