|By J.C., Manila City on 26 February 2012
The word in message 11 is a charge of the king. After seeing that all things are just vanity, King Solomon charges us to remember our Creator in the days of our youth. In contrast to seeing all things are not fit for us to spend our life on, we would see that our best days, our youth, are best spent only to remember our Creator, that is, to love Him.
As young people we often spend our time enjoying ourselves and doing everything to our heart's content. We love to enjoy and explore many possibilities and tread on uncharted territories. But once we grow older life becomes more difficult. We become limited by many responsibilities and poor body functions will greatly affect us (Eccl 12:2-8). Ecclesiastes present a sad portrait of man's old age. It shows how man's human life is vanity, temporal and bound to decay. That's why King Solomon reminded us to remember the Lord in the days of our youth. To remember the Lord is to love the Lord, and our loving the Lord should be now. "If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, 'tis now" (Hymns 544). To love the Lord is now! We don't have tomorrow, we only have today! Before we are bothered by the troubles of old age, we should give our best days to love the Lord. We need to grab hold of every opportunity to love and serve Him. We should not wait, nor boast of tomorrow (Prov.27:1). Furthermore, we need to consecrate ourselves to the Lord every day, daily renewing our consecration to Him.