Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
King Solomon was known as a wise man, yet he said he became the biggest of all fools, Ecc. 2:15. He learned many lessons late in life and the greatest of these lessons was that life apart from obedience to God is a wasted life. He rightly penned the wasted life as vanity and vexation of soul, 2:17. Prior to Solomon’s reign his father, King David, won all the military battles and secured the kingdom for his son, but Solomon didn’t have the capacity to appreciate his position. You might say Solomon was a bit spoiled. He tried wine, women and song until it almost drove him mad, 2:1-11. His human wisdom was known worldwide and his wealth was unequaled throughout the world in his day. He had it all as they say. He didn’t come to understand the loving relationship his father had with the Lord until late in life. However, after he had lost his health and after all the thrills of youth passed him by he came to his senses.
In Ecc. 12:1 , Solomon said, “Remember now the creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”
Solomon saw all the years he wasted and now at the end of his autobiography he gives to us words of true eternal wisdom. How often we run ahead of the plans of the Lord for our lives. Think of all the wonderful things the Lord could have done with Solomon’s life if he had not been so self centered and disobedient. We spend our youth on vanity, our middle age on making our fortunes, and in the end it is either spent on keeping us alive just a little longer, or it is left to our children or someone.
What do we have to show for our life? Solomon saw the increase of his goods and wealth and all the travail it brought him. He could not eat well nor sleep well. He would go out at night and hear his laborers snoring away, yet he walked the halls and streets worrying over his possessions. He experienced the hurt upon his soul and it grieved him, Ecc. 5:9-13. Will we waste the years we have? Moses said in the 90th Psalm, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
The Apostle Paul said in Eph. 5:15-17 “See then, that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore, be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Redeeming the time means buying up opportunities to learn the will of the Lord by learning the word of the Lord.
Will our thoughts befriend us in our latter years, or will they torment us? Knowing the word of the Lord, and knowing it well is an imperative to having peaceful golden years. Having a successful career and traveling all over the world; making lots of friends and having a wonderful family is grand, but if the Lord has been set to the side during those years all you will have is memories of things left behind. What we need is confidence of what lies ahead for us when this life is over and only a lifetime of storing up God’s word in our souls will instill this coveted confidence.
The blessed hope for the believer is what lies ahead for us in heaven. Why forsake the benefits of this greatest of joys to piddle around on this earth for temporal treasures? Solomon saw this, but only after many wasted years of travail.
Being faithful during the spring and summer years of our lives is not a liability to our current or future happiness; it is the asset for which we will be glad we invested. We will reap blessings now by making godly and wise personal life decisions based on the plan of God. And we will reap blessings in old age because we developed a confident walk with the Lord during our earlier years.
Brethren, be wise to hear and heed these words.