In my youth, I did not understand the poetry of Ecclesiastes 12. Much later in my reading, an author referred to this passage as a description of aging. Now in my 75 plus years, I am experiencing the realities of aging which Solomon so eloquently described in his poem.

He meant to inspire people in their youthful years to seek God, and not wait until their bodies were suffering the effects of growing old. He begins:

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”—
Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NIV)

Then he describes the dimming of sight and hearing as well as the loss of strength which occurs sooner or later to the human body as we age. Then he concludes his book with these words:

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. For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (NLT)

He also gives this advice:

That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NLT)

I hope with all my heart that if you are young, you will listen to these inspired words of Scripture. If you are teaching children, teenagers and young adults, I hope you will share these words of wisdom with them. Better yet, be a good example of following this Godly advice.

Ecclesiastes 12 New Living Translation (NLT)
Ecclesiastes 12 New International Version (NIV)


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