It Won’t Always Be Fun
Read Ecclesiastes Chapter 12
Ecc 12:1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”—
When we are young, we have little regard for the future. We fail to visualize the day when we are old. We are not likely to look into the future and see the day when we are old and gray, perhaps sitting in a rocking chair or a wheel chair, unable to function as we did in our youth. For the great majority of us, that day will come. There will come a time when our sexual organs will no longer work properly. Our libido will be gone forever. There will be a time when we no longer find pleasure in the things we did as teenagers or in the better years of adulthood. The writer of Ecclesiastes warns us of such a time and warns us against forgetting our God in our youth.
Those of us who are along in years made a bunch of mistakes when we were young. We paid a price for some of them, while others caused no serious consequences. But make no mistake about it, if we had not come to our senses somewhere along the way our lives would now be in total ruin. Fortunately, we turned our lives around and now we can look back and find a few things we don’t have to regret. Our mistakes were minimized to some extent because we heard the voice of wisdom and heeded its call. Not entirely, but to some extent.
Most of you reading this are still young. Some of you are still in your twenties, thirties, and a few are in their forties and fifties. From my standpoint, all of those ages are “days of your youth.” In respect to where I am now, you are young. May I echo the sentiments of the writer of today’s scripture passage. Most assuredly, each of you must remember your Creator now, while you are young. Those sexual actions that seem so important to you today will someday be a distant memory. There will be a day when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.”
When that time comes, the only thing that will matter to you will be the legacy you have built that will be left behind at your passing. Even if the basic foundation of your life has been no more than a continual struggle against SSA, it will be a great legacy. As long as you can say, “I fought hard until the end,” that will be much better than the alternative. The worst legacy that you could leave behind would be a long continual trail of broken relationships and memories of hundreds (or thousands) of unrepentant same-sex actions. Additionally, it would be terrible to come to those days and know you refused to listen to Him. There will be days of trouble, as mentioned in this scripture. But if you remember your Creator now, and listen to Him, those days of trouble will be tempered by memories of a life well lived and spiritual battles well fought.
But the most important result of all will be the acknowledgment you will receive from your Lord and Savior. You can firmly know, with no doubt whatsoever, that He will be fully aware of how well you fought. Those times of failure will be of no consequence, because after each one you picked yourself back up and got back into the fray. He will say to you, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the Kingdom I have prepared for you.”
Remember God now, and there will be no need to fear when you are old, when there is no pleasure in the things of the past.
Prayer: Help every one of us to remember You now, and not ignore Your wisdom. Give us a vision of the future, and remind us that our youth will not last forever. Help us to remember that the fleshly desires we hold in high esteem now will someday give us no pleasure. Teach us Your ways, and lead us in the way everlasting.