January 8, 2012


Ecclesiastes 12:1 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”–

Even in his miserable state, Solomon gives good advice. He was a bitter old man, but he at least recognized that you can never start too early in seeking God. Many people think, “I’ll turn to God when I’m old. Right now I just want to have fun.” Not only do few people actually turn to God in their old age, they miss out on the immense privilege of walking with God throughout their life. The “pleasures of sin” ultimately don’t hold a candle to the peace and joy of a vital relationship with their Creator. Had that been Solomon’s focus, he would never have come to the point of finding no joy in anything. It all boils down to the fact that the devil is a liar, and all his allurements are illusions. God is true, and every good and perfect gift comes from Him. (James 1:17)

I am now old by the standards of Solomon’s day, but I am certainly not past the point of physical enjoyment of life, as he cataloged in mournful detail in the following verses. However, by the grace of God I have walked with Him long enough to know where true joy and delight come from. I keep coming back to what an incredible privilege and blessing it was that I was born and raised in a home where both parents were fully committed to God and His Word. It is hard for me to grasp how it must be for people who don’t have that background. I need to rejoice in God’s grace and seek to extend it to as many as possible so that they may receive it as soon as possible, in their youth, preferably, so that they won’t have so much to regret in later years. Given the chance, little children are far quicker to open their hearts to their Heavenly Father than those who have become accustomed to ignoring Him, just as Jesus said. (Matthew 18:3) Right now we have no little children in this church, and I need to ask the Lord to bring them and to enable us to nurture them rightly, for their salvation and His glory.

Father, we really are missing that age bracket in this church. Thank You for pointing out that a healthy church body will have all ages, with each contributing what they alone are able to. I do ask You to grow us in every way that we need to grow, not simply for our blessing but so that those around may be given an accurate picture of Christ and many be brought to salvation, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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