We have a missionary in our church who was in Peru for 40 years. He went back this summer for about 3 months, and he spoke in church tonight.
I do not remember any specific points, but it was inspiring to see a man of God, who had been faithful, continue to be so. He spoke of spiritual facts and they caused him to break out in laughter. He was so grateful for what God had done for him. It was awesome.
It made me think. The challenge was to serve God. To trust him. To not be afraid, but to stand with courage and boldness even if you are the only one.
And Ecclesiastes 12:1 came to mind. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” We are to remember who God is, and what He requires now. (I still claim youth, btw) Notice where this is found. The end of Ecc. where Solomon has discussed everything under the sun, and found it all vanity and vexation of spirit. The conclusion of the whole matter found 12 verses down is to “fear God and keep his commandments.” (I may be posting more about the fear of God later…I am going to do a series in Sunday School on it.)
But we are to fear God now. Too many people wait. We hear in church about how we shouldn’t wait till we are older or seniors, etc, but I think my generation takes that and still puts it off. We assist in this feeling by not requiring kids to grow up. We excuse their behavior.
People think (I know, because I thought this way) that life doesn’t begin until later. “When I graduate high school things will change.” Yeah, they change, but life is now. Remember your Creator. “When I graduate college, then things will be different.” Remember your Creator now. “When I start a career, then I can find time for spiritual things.” Remember Him now. “When I get married, then I will have help, and can care more.” Remember God today. “When I have kids, I will teach them and do right so they do.” Remember now!!
I told last year’s seniors this. If I were to preach in chapel, this would be my message. Remember him now. Life is short, and it is from God: God, our Creator. I’m not going to prolong this by lecturing on what it means that He is our Creator, but think upon it.
Life is not ours, and the things we wait for to begin our lives are foolishness. High school, college, marriage, kids, career, anything. God doesn’t require any of them. God requires us to fear Him and keep His commandments.
My heart was burdened tonight, because I tell my kids at school this. I tell friends and other I counsel to remember Him now. And I try, but how many of us get into a rut of “remembering” and don’t actually remember? I know I do.
The point here in Ecc. 12 is that in our youth we can still serve God. It is too late to serve Him when you are ready to die. Serve Him now.
“Remember now thy Creator.”