Sunday, December 12, 2021

REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR

Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 10-12

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When we see the Creator’s handiwork, our hearts are filled with awe. The First Nations peoples of our land refer to God as “THE GREAT CREATOR,” and have done so since before the European explorers arrived on this continent.

 

Key Verses: Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13-14

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,

Before the difficult days come,

And the years draw near when you say,

“I have no pleasure in them.”

…Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments,

For this is man’s all.

For God will bring every work into judgment,

Including every secret thing,

Whether good or evil.

 

“A dead fly”… Chapter 10 begins by warning us that a little foolishness like a dead fly (in our soup?) can contaminate much of the good that wisdom has accomplished. The consistent application of our minds and hearts to wisdom, such as this daily blog encourages, will help keep us on track. As 10:4b instructs us, “Do not leave your post!”

In order to help his large family understand the Scriptures, Ken Taylor created a paraphrase called “The Living Bible.” He renders Ecclesiastes 11:4 this way: “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Someone has called this “the paralysis of analysis.” God has given us the ability to asses a situation, make a decision, and move forward boldly.

The final chapter gives us Solomon’s conclusions. The wisdom God gave him is summed up in our key verses. Let’s take time to meditate on “the whole matter!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You have created me, according to the Scriptures, in Your likeness. Therefore, I ask that I will be conscious minute by minute of Your Presence so that I will fulfill Your plans for my life. You expect me to make my decisions with a confidence that if I’m going wrong, You will steer me by giving me Your wisdom, so that I can make course corrections. Thank You that You give purpose and meaning to my life. I pray in the Name of the One who “set His face like a flint” to go to the Cross for me, Jesus, my Messiah! Amen!!! (read of the decisions of Jesus in Isaiah 50:6-7 and Luke 9:51-53).

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have often spoken to teens and young people in their twenties from Ecclesiastes 11:9-10, as well as from Chapter 12 verse one. “REMEMBER!” and again in verse six, “REMEMBER!” For my own life I’ve sought to “REMEMBER!”  Solomon’s conclusion, after trying all kinds of things, is clear and concise. I realized as a teen that I don’t have to go through all the things that messed up Solomon’s life! He stated at the beginning of Ecclesiastes, “Vanity of Vanities, says the preacher, all is vanity.” Instead of emptiness, I am full. Instead of a vacuum in my life, I overflow with the Presence of the Lord. As Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (read Ephesians 5:15-21).

Yours for being filled with God’s Presence and for keeping filled 24/7,

David

6 thoughts on “Sunday, December 12, 2021

  1. As always,good words of wisdom today.Just finished our online church service and this poem came to mind during that service.May y’all be blessed

    Stayed To Forgive

    He came to teach and stayed to forgive,
    But so many scorned His peaceful ways
    That showed us all how we should live,
    To love and forgive throughout our days.

    For He was a reflection of His Father’s eyes,
    A pure echo of Heaven’s Most Holy Heart,
    The Light that in darkness e’er decries,
    With devine forgivness to impart.

    From His task He could well have flown
    Surrendering all to the demon of Hell,
    But He had to show what was not known;
    A love too strong for death to quell.

    Then on that day in God’s appointed time,
    He’ll send our Redeemer in warrior’s attire
    To forever punish the demon for his crime
    To be banished in damnation’s fire.
    G W(Bill) Marshall /May 18, 2013

  2. From Anne Graham Lotz today:

    “The Lord … is in your midst.

    Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. § Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” § The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you in His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. § Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.

    I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain.”

    Zeph. 3:15; Isa. 41:10; 35:3–4;
    Zeph. 3:17; Ps. 27:14; Rev. 21:3–4

    Father, thank You for all Your many blessings – as the Proverbs said, help us to recognize Your goodness today and every day until we see You face to face and fall down in awesome wonder at Your feet. Bless all those standing up for You, and help the weak to worship You in Truth and in Your Spirit.
    May Your Gospel message ring out this Christmas season, so many will hear the message that You, Jesus, came to save, Jesus’s great name, amen

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