By Sandy Shaw
We are living in a world which considers it exciting and thrilling to explore the issue of undisciplined and uncontrolled sexual activity. Sexuality has become some kind of priority and we are now reaping the tragic harvest of such unbridled behaviour. It has been said that if sex climbs into the saddle and guides or motivates your life you are in for a fall.
Sit with me in "the children's court" in Scotland and hear the sad tales of those who thought everything was going to be wonderful when they first came together, without being married. For eleven years I have listened to some of these painful stories and how children are suffering.
Sin demands an exceedingly high price!
There is a sentence which has been in my foundation for over 50 years and it has been the influencing and motivating factor in so much of my life, and I would not want to change it in any way whatsoever.
"Remember your Creator in the days of your youth." You will find it in the Bible in Ecclesiastes Chapter 12. If you are looking for a rock on which to build your life - if you are looking for coaching and guidance and life in all its fullness, it would be very difficult to improve upon these words.
Remember God, your Creator, and relate to Him. I have gone back to consider what God is saying to us through the writings of Solomon. Here was a king who had everything - position, reputation, wealth, opportunity after opportunity, and his teaching was so popular. he was able to teach on so many topics and people came to hear what he had to say.
Near the end of his life when he was reflecting on everything he had pursued, researched, and taught, he said, "Remember your Creator when you are young". In the days of your youth - when life might be easier - when there are not so many burdens or demands, remember God. Do look it up. Reach for your Bible and check it out.
What I say is not all that important if it is not in line with the Word of God. And remember He is your Creator.
This teacher's answer to the meaningless of so much of life is. Remember your Creator - remember God - include God in everything - never leave Him out or ignore or neglect Him.
This is a foundational key which can unlock so many of the mysteries in our world.
The Teacher imparted knowledge to all the people who came to hear him. he thought about things carefully and researched his material meticulously. This was all done with great care and attention to detail.
In verse 12, we have to be careful about what we allow into our minds. Solomon denied himself nothing which his eyes desired and after experiencing everything he went for he discovered that it was all so empty and utterly meaningless. Why did he consider that his life had been so meaningless? Was it because he was seeking the wrong this first? No age has emphasised sex so much and yet I understand that no age has enjoyed it less!
A colleague taught that restraints have been abandoned and many have gone after thrills only to find that in the thrills there are ills! What a discovery! Many discover it when it is too late!
When Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes, we remember that all this is coming from the man who researched so many areas of life, and he found no satisfaction until he brought God into the picture.
The secret of wholeness lies in resolving to obey God and His Word. One modern translation or paraphrase "The Message" expresses verse 13 - "Fear God. Do what He tells you. And that's it."
That could save you from years of heartache. Partial commitment won't do us any good. There is no room for compromise here.
One day everything will be revealed. Everything will come to light. Man cannot hide from God for ever. God will bring everything out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent - whether it is good or evil. Do take time to check out what God says in His Word. Yes, it can save you from years of heartache as well as from sin and its many consequences.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled "Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.