Ecclesiastes 12:1

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;;”

The writer of Ecclesiastes refers to himself as the Teacher. He reminds his students – which includes us – that we are to remember our Creator in the days of our youth.

The Teacher was probably King Solomon – the wisest man who ever lived. Yet, he recognized that age does not always bring forth wisdom. Sometimes it brings forth cynicism. In order to stay connected with God, we need to remember Him in the same way that we did when we were first saved, and to remember that He is not just our God, but the Creator, who made everything that there is.

Solomon is very keen that we should make such remembrance before it is too late – before we grow too old for any wisdom. In talking about aging, he also refers to the process of death as the snapping of the silver cord, which is the spinal cord taking signals from the brain. It is also the breaking of the golden bowl, which is our brain. Death also involves the pitcher being shattered at the fountain and the wheel broken at the cistern. The shattered pitcher is the breaking of the heart’s left ventricle, while the right ventricle is the cistern. The wheel indicates the cycle of the respiratory and circulatory systems.

It is important that we remember that all these things are under the authority of our Creator, who has made them all so well.

Prayer: Help us to keep Your work in our remembrance, Lord, and to grow wisdom before we leave it too late. Amen.

Author: Paul F. Taylor

Ref: Jamieson, R., Fausset, A.R., and Brown, D. (Kindle Edition 2011), Commentary on the Bible (Osnova), locations 32176-32219. Image: Public Domain.

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