December 25, 2016

Youths, Remember Your Creator – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“So remember your Creator in the days of your youth – before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1 NET)

This passage provides very wise counsel from a very wise man. He lived thousands of years ago, but his words are as relevant as ever, if not more so. Today our youth are bombarded by angry, loudmouthed skeptics shouting, “What creator?”

Christian youths are immersed in a society that endorses the philosophies and practices that follow from acceptance and enforcement of evolutionary humanism. The world’s drummer beats loudly and persistently. Christians march in another direction to a different tune.

The conviction that we come from an all wise Creator makes a difference. Christian youths must constantly remind themselves that they are not accidents of nature but are a special creation of an all wise Creator, to whom they owe everything, Therefore, it follows that they are to act differently. The Devil opposes this view, with powerful societal pressures, enticing with the temporary pleasures of sin. But Christians must remember they have an infinitely wise Father who loves them and guides them. He insists on a different path that is infinitely wise now, that leads away from eternal punishment and toward true bliss, eternally. His rules are not onerous, but an amazing blessing, for which we should be grateful. Yes, the world around us sees it differently, but they are wrong.

If youths embrace this fact, acknowledging God, in Christ, as Creator and Savior while they are young, trusting and obeying His Word as they mature, they can confidently anticipate a life of fulfillment in time and a home with God in eternity. If they refuse their Creator in the days of their youth, however, then it will become increasingly difficult to remember their Creator as the years go by. Few are converted in later life. They can only anticipate the unfulfilled bitterness and regrets of old age and death without God, as described so vividly in the verses following our text.

“when those who keep watch over the house begin to tremble,

and the virile men begin to stoop over,

and the grinders begin to cease because they grow few,

and those who look through the windows grow dim,

and the doors along the street are shut;

when the sound of the grinding mill grows low,

and one is awakened by the sound of a bird,

and all their songs grow faint,

and they are afraid of heights and the dangers in the street;

the almond blossoms grow white,

and the grasshopper drags itself along,

and the caper berry shrivels up–

because man goes to his eternal home,

and the mourners go about in the streets–

before the silver cord is removed,

or the golden bowl is broken,

or the pitcher is shattered at the well,

or the water wheel is broken at the cistern–

and the dust returns to the earth as it was,

and the life’s breath returns to God who gave it.”

(Ecclesiastes.12:3-7 NET)

The figure of a decaying house symbolizes aging bodies. The forlorn picture is drawn of fading eyesight, trembling hands, buckling knees, sleepless nights, easy irritability, increasing senility, and other aspects of approaching death—all with no pleasure in them because they long ago had forgotten their Creator.

Remember now thy Creator, young man, young woman!

“For he says, “I heard you at the acceptable time, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation!” (II Corinthians 6:2 NET)

“Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.” (I Timothy 4:12 NET)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris



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