The Spirit Returns to God

I’ve come to the last chapter of Ecclesiastes and here’s what stands out for me:

“Remember also your Creator …. before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:1a, 6-7

Many will find this morbid, but it’s comforting to me.  When life is over — and it will be, because the fatality rate is 100%–my spirit will return to the One who created me.  The One who is good and merciful, the One who loved me before I was born.  I’m reminded of the high priestly prayer of Jesus when He says this:

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:20-23

All believers, at death will be given that oneness with God for which we have been yearning.  The writer of Ecclesiastes knew that something was missing from this life; in the end, nothing could not satisfy him.  All the things he chased after and achieved were meaningless.  They were idols.  The only thing that truly mattered was his relationship with God.  Chase after that, and in the end you’ll be content, resting in the arms of the Father who made you.

For more on the book of Ecclesiastes see:

A Time to Die

Another Blast from the Past

How Do You Hope to Die?

 

 

To return, or . . . not to return.

Hosea 14:1-2

“Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.
    Your sins have been your downfall!
Take words with you
    and return to the Lord.”

When we sin, when we mess up and we really know we did . . . we want to do better. Most of us want to “fix” it. And maybe that can be okay if we keep our eyes on God in doing so. Because while work can never save us, wanting to try, to get up and do, or even the action of stopping a behavior because we know it’s wrong-is the beginning (action of) repentance.

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” -James 2:18

In other words he has the desire to do good. To work, share, help, save, obey, because he has faith. Faith brought on by the hearing of God’s word which tells us we need to repent. We need to stop the bad that we do and return to our Father in heaven. Not only for our good but for the good of others.

Return with apologetic words and then words of encouragement, because the law meant to guard us. To keep us from certain death.

Galatians 3:24 “So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.”

If we ever wonder why we have a conscience, this would be the reason. It’s our flashing yellow light. When it goes off we have a choice to keep going, or return.