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Can light ever have a BUT?


Ecc 11:7 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.

Ecc 11:8 So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all;

but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity. Ecc 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Ecc 11:10 Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.

I remember the day, I held a gun to the side of my head.

Don't you ever be such a fool. I was a young man, in my prime if you will. I had a lovely looking wife and beautiful daughters. I was even in ministry, but the enemy found a way into our home. I turned the gun into the air and pulled the trigger. The sound exploded into the darkness. I was not sure what I was doing right then. Testing to see if there was any love left in my wife for me perhaps. Even earlier in life I remember shouting foolishly at God in a storm, daring him to strike me with lightning, because I was overwhelmed by circumstance. Years later, during another dark time, I leapt off a tractor in a field, because lighting struck so close, I could not understand why it did not strike me on the metal traktor I was riding. I as busy judging another in my thoughts to God and felt his rebuke. He could take care of his own son. Little did I know what other dark days were soon to be on my horizon, as my marriage was soon to fall apart. I am certainly testimony to the mercy and patience of almighty God. But here is the thing I need you to hear, if you are a young man.


Ecc 12:1 Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;

The book of Proverbs, also compiled by Solomon, tells us to cry out for wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is telling us here that there will be dark days up ahead. This is not cause for despair. As the writer says, and all scripture is breathed by God, we should rejoice.


Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice

In this passage, we are told to have no anxiety about anything, but to rejoice. So live a grateful life and remember that God will judge you for whatever you do, so remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, so that when they do, you may continue to rejoice, even as Paul and Silas, who were thrown in prison and put in stocks and yet the jail shook and could not contain them as they worshipped and rejoiced in their suffering.

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