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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.03.19


March 19 – March 25 


Scripture Passage:  “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.”     Ecclesiastes 12:1 


Dear Friends,

     There are a few Scriptures that I have come back to time and again because they speak so clearly to me.  I am so frustrated and perturbed this morning that I just have to vent.  I woke up at 4:00 A.M. this morning and tossed and turned in bed for an hour before finally getting up at 5:00.  I wasn’t burdened with a need for prayer, weighted down by a pressing issue, or hurting from an infirmity – I just woke up and couldn’t sleep. I have had two weeks of long days and stressful activities which left me absolutely worn out and in desperate need of rest.  So when your body says, “Sleep, sleep,” and your mind says, “Wake up, wake up,” the result is a black cloud of exasperation.  I am so miserable I cannot stand myself.  So I sit here with one eye open and one eye closed.  The hot shower and eight cups of coffee have done nothing to alleviate my comatose state and if anything have left me in a condition of partial paralysis.  If this is what I have to look forward to in my “Glory Years,” I would rather stay actively involved in the work-force.  Apparently I do my best work when I am “under the gun.”  When everything settles down, I do not know what to do with myself.  I do not feel like or want to do anything, so I sit here in a fog forcing myself to type.  One…word…at…a…time.  


     King Solomon was a man of extraordinary intelligence.  His early years as monarch of Israel were marked with dependence upon God, wise decisions, and unparalleled prosperity.  His prayer for wisdom, to know how to rule his people, is one of the great prayers of the Bible.  As the days of stability turned to years of national peace, Solomon became complacent and accustomed to an elaborate lifestyle of the rich and famous. He married many foreign women in an effort to align peace treaties with surrounding nations.  His great building endeavors and naval aspirations left the nation with an overwhelming financial burden.  The glory days of the Davidic Kingdom were slowly degrading to the cesspool of tolerance.  Solomon’s glory turned to his shame by the end of his forty year reign.  Near the end of his life he penned the words of the book we know as Ecclesiastes.  (Preacher)    Having lost his spiritual bearings, and unwilling to repent like his father David did, Solomon began a desperate and useless search for meaning in his life.  He used the word vanity, (useless, or no value) over and over again as he lamented his miserable condition.  Probably some of the last words he penned can be found in Ecclesiastes Chapter 12.  They are the words of a sixty-year old man looking back on a wasted life.   He had lost the admiration of the women and the respect of his subjects.  His intellectual senses were acute as ever, but his physical ones were in decline.  What he one time had enjoyed had now turned into drudgery and a burden.  When he left this world, his kingdom was in turmoil and his mind tormented.  So in retrospect he looked back and said, “You had better enjoy life while you are young because the day is coming when you will struggle to find pleasure in it.” 


    Solomon ended his writings with this conclusion, “The whole duty of man is to Fear God, and keep His commandments.”  “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  What will stand as testimonies of a God honoring life when all the froufrou has been taken away?  Will you and I obey the instruction of Paul to be instant in season and out of season even when the joy seems to be gone and sleep eludes us?  The important thing is to keep on going even when you want to lay down and quit.  You may even look out the window and see that the gray skies have turned sunny.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny