|Volume 20 Number 2 February 2018||
Ever wonder why Solomon said to “remember your Creator” as opposed to remember your “God,” your “Lord” or your “Savior”? Certainly, we should think of God in those other terms. Yet, we also must not lose sight of remembering Him as our Creator. Notice what this does.
It reminds us of His power over us. It is especially important for “youth” to remember this. The strength of youth can cause arrogance and pride. God has done what no other being can do—create. The power involved in such an act is beyond our comprehension. The Creator always is superior to what has been created.
It reminds us of His knowledge of us. As our Maker, God thoroughly understands us (Psalm 139). He knows how we “tick,” and even why we tick! As Solomon continued in Ecclesiastes 12, he noted how our bodies break down and eventually die. God certainly knew this would happen, and He created us so it would happen. Bodily breakdowns should remind us to trust in our Creator.
It reminds us of His future plans for us. Thinking of God as “Creator” instills hope that He can and will re-create. Solomon noted that after the body perishes, “the spirit goes back to God who gave it” (v. 7). Christ brought “life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). Therefore, we’ve been given more information on our creation (2 Peter 3:13). God created in the past. He will create again.
Yes, we need to remember God (not like Jeremiah 2:32). Plus, thinking of Him as our Creator seems like a wise thing to do!
Note the words of Henry Morris:
First of all, we have to believe there is a Creator who made us, not some naturalistic process of evolution. Satan, in his long war against God, all through the ages has been seeking to persuade men, through various forms of the evolutionary idea, that God (if He exists at all) is so far away and acted so long ago that He is not concerned with our puny little world and its inhabitants. In the present age, this great enemy has gained almost complete control over the minds of youth through the schools, teaching them that they are the products of an impersonal evolutionary process just like all the other animals, and thus they can live their lives without concern about some mythological past creation and hypothetical future judgment.
But this is all wrong, lethally wrong! Evolution is a completely false and deadly notion, contrary to all true science and history, and certainly contrary to the inspired Word of God. God is not long ago and far away, but is “not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:27-28). How urgent it is for young men and women (and certainly for older people as well, if they have wasted their youth) to remember their Creator and accept Him now as Savior and Lord and coming King.
Ronald D. Reeves
We love our children dearly, although on occasion, burdens and heartaches sometimes come our way because of the misadventures of this next generation. There are several biblical responsibilities that we must fulfill as responsible parents. With such emphasis, someone may possibly fail to observe that the divinely appointed task of the church to provide spiritual direction and development for humanity (1 Corinthians 15:58) also places a measure of responsibility upon the church to positively impact the lives of its youth. Though the home has primary responsibility in providing spiritual direction for youth (Ephesians 6:1-4), the church should cooperate with parents in addressing spiritual matters related to youth. May we, as parents and as members of the body of Christ, work together to guide our youth unto spiritual perfection. The previous generation so guided many of us. Jesus said, “freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). The potential benefits to the next generation are indeed without measurement. May we, therefore, heartily endeavor to teach our youth so that the next generation will be pleasing to God.