Well-Driven Nails (Part One)
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails. ECCLESIASTES 12:11
Wisdom, which I define as skill in everyday living, is one of the greatest needs of every generation. And the writer of Ecclesiastes 12 shares about the words of a wise man being like “well-driven nails”—words that bring perspective, security and life. Over the next three days I’d like to describe three well-driven nails.
Nail Number One: Remember God
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning author and Russian dissident during the Soviet era, said, “I have spent fifty years working on the history of the Russian Revolution. In the process, I have collected hundreds of personal testimonies, read hundreds of books and contributed eight volumes of my own. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God.” These powerful words confirm that when people fail to remember God and do not recognize His presence and authority in their lives, anything goes. They develop spiritual amnesia and are unable to remember what God has done to show Himself faithful and true, not only in their own lives, but also throughout human history. When we forget God, we forget to trust Him. If you want to drive this nail home, I would encourage you to consider three things:
First, learn how to truly worship God. Second, get to know Him by spending time reading the Bible. And third, create a list together of spiritual milestones—divine acts that exemplify something significant He has done in your life or family. When we rehearse what God has done, we not only remember Him, but we also are more likely to trust Him for what we are facing today. Remember your Creator.
Recall some of your spiritual milestones together. Write them down where you can return to them again and again, adding more along the way.
Take turns giving thanks to God for who He is and what He has done in your lives and family.