Ecclesiastes 11:7 – 12:2a
‘The light, is sweet…. A pleasant thing it is, for the eyes to behold the sun. But if a man lives many years and rejoices in them all — yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many! Rejoice, O young man, in your youth!…. Let your heart cheer you, in the days of your youth…. But you should know that for all these things, God will bring you into judgment!…
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth — while the evil days do not come, nor the years draw nigh when you shall say: “I have no pleasure in them!” While the sun or the light or the moon or the stars be not darkened!’ Ecclesiastes 11:7 to12:2a.
Yes, the light of life is indeed pleasant and sweet. Indeed, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all! But remember too the many days of darkness that still lie ahead!
What are those days of darkness? First, the days of old age. And second, the days of even greater darkness thereafter — if one should die without remembering one’s Creator!
When one is still young, one should rejoice. Gaudeamus igitur, juvenes dum sumus! Let your heart then cheer you! Walk then in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes! But know, that for all these things, God will bring you into judgment!
Therefore remove vexation from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh! For youth and the prime of life, are vanity.
So remember too your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw nigh when you shall say “I have no pleasure in them!” Before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars be darkened!
Be firmly rooted in religious faith in early life, as a safeguard against the hopeless pessimism of an old age that knows none of the strengths or consolations of true religion. When still young, one should find the Creator — and continue to thank Him for all His many blessings, lifelong! This is very important — before the sudden and violent storm ahead which prefigures the darkness and gloom of old age without the Creator!
Youth should indeed enjoy itself. Give God your joy, O youngster! Enjoy yourself! But always in such a way that you don’t keep sinning! Get used to seeing God and heeding His Word in your youth!
For that will lead to a happy old age. Enjoy yourself in such a way that you keep mindful in everything that you will have to give an account to God — even from your youth onward. For youth dawns, but does not last long. Speedily the day comes; soon too the evening; and then it is night! The shadowy condition of the dead and the darkness of the grave awaits us all!
Though a man lives for years — let him remember His Creator, before the dark days begin!