Solomon’s Proverbs – In the days of your youth

I have always been fascinated by the wisdom of the ancient King of Israel, King Solomon, and the bible says he was the wisest man who has ever lived. I remember writing a short summary of what he studied during his life, and I declared that no man who has ever lived had a better resume that him. In an article called ‘God created science’ I said King Solomon was a “Botanist, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Herpetologist and Ichthyologist, and a song writer of 1 005 songs…..who also wrote 3000 proverbs”. And I asked if there ever has been a man with a better resume, and somebody said Leonardo Da Vinci’s resume was as impressive if not better. In this series, I would be looking at some of the most fascinating proverbs and teachings that King Solomon has ever written. 

Are you a young person, then what is it you should be doing during your youthful days? When people are in University with little or no responsibility, they are convinced that the best days of their lives should be spent having fun and looking for the best girl/boy that they can find. They are certain that the years between 16 and 25 should be spent on nothing else but doing everything they can to enjoy their life and experience all fantasies they have. Unfortunately it is during these years when many learn to drink, experimenting with drugs, and engaging in reckless sexual encounters. It just so happens that it is during these years that many people’s lives are ruined, when the opposite should happen, and the quest for fun turns out to be the most horrible time for most young people. Of all the people I know who had the most fun during high school and university, there is none I know who wouldn’t wish for a second chance to re-live their youthful days differently.

Solomon gave advice to young people of his day and to his many sons and daughters as well. He said “remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say ‘I find no pleasure in them’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). My biggest regret in life is rejecting God during my best years in life, and only coming to Him when I was 26.5 years old. But the biggest gift of my life is finding God while there was still a lot left in my life to achieve, and the days are still enjoyable. The problem with coming to God after years of rebellion is that you have a lot of evil memories to haunt you the rest of your life, not to mention the consequences of sins that won’t go away even after you have repented from sin. God forgives people all their sins and He never remembers them again, but God doesn’t take away the consequences of our sins. He can give us strength to overcome the consequences of our sins, but we have to bear the pain and sorrow that our sins bring. If you are sinning right now, then take note that you will pay later, and you will pay in full.

One of the most foolish philosophies in life is thinking that we can come to God just before we die, or when we are old enough not to care about having fun, but Solomon tells us that it’s not always possible for that to happen. He advises us that we should come to God during the best days of our lives. When parties are appealing, and girls are hot, then that is the best time to come to God. The only people I am jealous of are the people who desired God when there was a lot of ‘fun’ to enjoy, and endured ridicule for their stance at schools and universities. These are the wise people that I wish my children can emulate.

The scary part about not seeking God during the days of your youth is that you might never have another opportunity. Solomon said “remember you Creator ……before the spirit returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 7). Every day there are hundreds of youths who die who are in your age group, and they also never thought it will ever happen to them. This year (2010), there was a dozen youths who died in a dance music concert in Germany while looking to have their thirst for fun filled, and they met their Creator without being prepared.

This is a warning to you, to remember God while you still have time, while the days still have pleasure in them.

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