John Rizzo, Care Ministries, Celebrate Recovery, and Freedom in Christ
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14 is full of advice for young and old. Solomon urges us to live responsibly in our youth because old age and death are coming. When I was young, old age and death seemed so far away. It hardly entered my thoughts. Now it doesn’t seem so far away, it may even be close. Only God knows. Have I honored Him? For much of my life – no. I’m a late bloomer you see. But thank God, He broke through and I’ve come to know my heavenly Father while there was still time. I’m glad it happened before my teeth fell out and my eyes dimmed. It’s never too late to honor Him. And all those “wasted years” weren’t wasted at all. God doesn’t waste anything. He uses them to put us where he wants us today.
The world is very much in tune with the part of Solomon’s message that says to enjoy life. But the problem is that without God at the center of it, we often go about it in wrong ways. Any enjoyment we get is just temporary. Life without God is futile. Nothing fills the hole. But with God at the center, we experience true joy, even in the midst of life’s storms. It’s all about Him. Enjoy Him in this life now. It’s preparing us to enjoy Him forever. May our hearts burn with desire to enjoy Him intimately. What can we do to enjoy Him today?
Solomon’s wisdom in Ecclesiastes all boils down to his concluding remarks in 12:13-14. Fear God. Obey Him. God will judge us for everything we do. Jesus made all the same points. (Isn’t the unity of scripture amazing?) Fearing God and obeying Him are the keys to wisdom and happiness. Knowing that God will judge us for everything evokes an image of having our lives shown on the “big screen” in high definition, for all to see as we stand before Him. I know Jesus died for my sins and I’m forgiven and going to Heaven. There is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. But I also know I’m still accountable and will stand before Him to watch that movie. Am I ready? It’s a sobering thought.