The Story: In this final chapter Solomon presses his point with vigor, urging his son to think ahead and consider carefully the days to come, so that he does not squander the precious years of his youth. The word, “remember”, is significant. In Hebrew it carries the idea of “pay attention to” or “fulfill your responsibilities with respect to” and not just “keep in mind.” No one can expect to know a full, contented, and peaceable old age who, when he arrives there, has only a squandered youth to remember. Paying attention to God now, in all the daily details of life, will bring the wisdom needed for the present, and the sense of satisfaction and a “job well done” for the latter years of life.
The Structure: Solomon’s mention of God as Creator, rather than as the Almighty or Lord, seems to be of some importance. By referring to God in this way he calls Rehoboam to go back to the beginning, to the days when God made men upright (Eccl. 7.29), and to configure his life according to the original purposes and intents of the divine economy. In our day the idea of God as Creator has all but been eradicated from common parlance. In His place, chance, matter, and time have been substituted as the origin and defining direction of all things. Is it any wonder that our day is characterized more by uncertainty, violence, oppression, and despair than by the good and upright plans of the Lord?
Meditate on the idea of God as Creator. Review Genesis 1 and 2, if necessary. How might “remembering” God as your Creator expand and deepen your understanding of what it means to follow Jesus?
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T. M. Moore
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