Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1 NLT)
In the final chapter Solomon encourages us to "remember". To not forget what we have learned and the wisdom imparted. But most importantly to remember God and who He is in our lives.
What trinkets or tokens do you keep that remind you of what God has done in your life? What scriptures have you memorized, like photos in your mind, so that you can recall their importance and impact? And in what way do you rehearse and retell Gods blessings as you do your memories from childhood? There are something you should never - EVER - forget.
That is what the writings of Solomon are like; keepsakes of wisdom we don't want to ever forget.
Today marks the end of our journey through the wisdom of Solomon. Throughout these last several weeks we've explored so many areas of life and how to live wisely. As your pastor it is my hope that you return to his wisdom often and I encourage you to read through Proverbs at least once a year if not more often. It will serve, not only to remind you of where you've been, but will take you on new journeys as you reach different stages in your life's quest.
Like grains of sand through my hands such are the memories in my mind. There are so many that slip away and only a few that I'm able to hold on to. But through the years I'm reminded of those memories through letters and photos and trinkets kept. That's why my shelves are lined with mementos of times gone past because I don't ever want to forget those sweet and meaningful moments.
Lord, thank you for the words of wisdom that flow from your heart. May we return to them often and experience you more. And may they lead us through the paths of righteousness that lead us to You.
May we Remember this journey. May we Take it again often.