In Ecclesiastes 12:1 we read, “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.”
Remembering our creator in the days of our youth is of vital importance and concerns each and every one of us. Do we as young people of God’s church heed to this admonition with enough sincerity? The society in which we live today is so modern and so complex, whose standard of living is geared so high that we as young people have so little time. We have so little time because in our youth we are more apt to busy ourselves with things enjoyable to the flesh. It is mainly for this reason that we must now, more than ever, heed this admonition of God’s word.
In Ecclesiastes 11:9 we read, “Rejoice, oh young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” Again and again scripture holds before us the days of our youth as something which we will have to account for when we stand before the throne of Christ. Isn’t it so easy for us as young people to shrug our shoulders and say that we will study and take heed to this word of God to a fuller extent when we get older? At the present time, we have so much to do, so much to see, and the Word of God just becomes the thing of the past. We are too busy now rejoicing in the days of our youth.
But what does Scripture say? “Remember thy creator in the days of thy youth.” And why is this so important in the days of our youth? Because after our youth the years would draw nigh when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them. And if we say we will make time when we get older, we lie; for if we cannot make time in our youth we will also make no effort in our older years.
Oh yes, it’s so easy for us to say, “Don’t I go to catechism? Don’t I attend Young People’s? And when any other activities demand some of my time, don’t I fulfill these obligations? I did my share.” How wrong can we be, young people? We never do our share. How often do we go to these societies thoroughly prepared so that we can follow through with the demands of society life in programs as well as activities.
How often do we prepare ourselves for the Sabbath Day? We by nature are prone to take the Lord’s Day literally as a day of rest, preparing ourselves for the week to come. Rather, the opposite should be true. The rest of the week must serve the Lord’s Day. This call means, especially to us as children of God, that in our walk and way of life we are not first accountable to man but rather accountable to God. God speaks and we must obey.
Man by nature is so perverse that he can and will do anything that will glorify the flesh; but oh what a struggle to do the things God requires of us. We as Protestant Reformed Young People have been given the most priceless heritage that God has ever given to His church here on the earth. We have the purest manifestation of the Word of God. It is our calling as young people to study that manifestation in the days of our youth in everything we do; because if in our youth we have no time for it, then we never shall.