I believe what many of the scholars of Scripture have taught over the years, about the time Solomon would have written this book of wisdom – Ecclesiastes – that it was written in the latter years of his life. The following verses are the reason for their conclusion and mine…
“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; while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 (KJB)
To be honest with you I am not enjoying aging. The pains in the joints, the weakness in the muscles that comes with what little physical, manual labor I do, the heart issues I have along with blood pressure. I do not enjoy any of that. I am a thirty year old trapped in a 63 year old body.
Look at the symbolism Solomon uses to illustrate the aging body. “Keepers of the house” would be the arms, “the strong men” the legs, the “grinders” would be the teeth, then there is the picture of the ears and hearing. See if you can figure out the rest. I am still working on some of it.
I want you to know this. As I get older, and each day that I live, on my journey in life, I know that I get closer to the home the Lord Jesus is preparing for me in Heaven. I capitalize Heaven because it is a place, and I was taught that you capitalize a person or place, and sometimes a thing.
I know that I have been bought with a price – that is I have been redeemed – by the blood of God’s precious Lamb; His own precious Son Jesus Christ when He died on the cross for the sins of the world. He has called me, I have heard and responded and received that faith and grace that only comes from Him. He alone knows when my journey will end here on earth.
Lord, Help me to age through your grace, gracefully, and for Your glory.