Ecclesiastes 12:1, “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.”
Ah, to be young. A time of great opportunities and challenges, but also a time of great danger. The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have more to say to youth than any other book in the Bible. Someone may ask, “Why should I remember my Creator while I am young?
Because Of The Strength That Comes From Being Young. Proverbs 20:29, “The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.” Youth will often stand up for their convictions when others sit down. This is seen in the lives of Daniel and his friends. Though they were young and strangers in a foreign land, they stood up for their beliefs and overcame their trials, Daniel 1:5f.
Because Of The Weakness That Come From Being Young. Psalm 25:7, “Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.” It is easy, especially in youth, to get caught up in the “here and now” and not be concerned with the “there and then”.
Because There Are Great Blessing In Being On God’s Side. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” God through His word can guide youth through the pitfalls and traps, trial and temptations, of life. It has been said that “practice makes permanent.” What that is saying is, the way we are training our minds and hearts to think today is the way we will always think. Remembering God in youth means that good habits are formed early, allowing His word to shape attitudes, thoughts, words, and deeds into what God wants them to be. How do I remember God in my youth? Consider the following:
Delight In Studying and Meditating on God’s Word. Psalm 119:97, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” Study and meditation of God’s word should be a daily practice for the child of God.
Spend Time In Prayer To Our Heavenly Father. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” A regular prayer life should be a daily practice for the child of God.
Do Not Be Ashamed Of The Gospel. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Spreading the Gospel to friends, family, teachers, and acquaintances should be a daily practice for the child of God.
What a blessing it is to be young! However, with great blessings comes great responsibility.
Solomon warns that “that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9). Remembering God now will save you from the worst heartaches both in this life and certainly in eternity.