Sometimes I have trouble remembering things. Do you? Jo Beth will ask me stop on the way home from work and pick something up, and I’ll forget. Or I’ll intend to make a phone call or send a note to someone right away, but it will slip my mind for a day or so. Some folks have little tricks that help them remember things—and some just have top-notch people around them who make them look good by remembering what they forget!
When King Solomon advises his reader to “remember God,” he isn’t talking about making a note on your daily calendar that says “Remember God,” or writing on your mirror in lipstick: “Don’t forget the Father.” The Hebrew word he uses for “remember” doesn’t just mean to call something or someone to mind, it means to act decisively. When Hannah prayed for a child, we are told that “God remembered her.” But He didn’t just think of her and recognize her plight. He gave her a child! So to remember our Creator is to act on our knowledge of Him. Remember God in your youth—and act decisively.
Solomon had a great beginning. He had wisdom. Discernment. The favor of God. But as a young man he failed to act decisively on his knowledge of God, and the end of his life reflected that failure. Instead of his life being a testimony of devotion to God, it became a testimony of spiritual erosion. He didn’t know it at the time, of course. But in hindsight, he could see it. Don’t become a victim of spiritual erosion. Remember God.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember also your creator in the days of your youth.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
2 Chronicles 6; Zechariah 13-14
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