Text: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12
Key Verse: “Rejoice, O 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” (Ecclesiastes 11:9).
Sitting on the pavement of the Kenneth looked like a shadow of his old self. Here was a young man who, a few years back, was full of life, living and behaving as if there would never be tomorrow. He was given to wine, women and wastefulness.
He scorned preachers, calling them unprintable names. He scoffed at every warning and advice. He strongly believed that his life belonged to him and none had the right to tell him just how to live. He turned out an unmitigated disaster. Our text warns of the “days of darkness” in spite of the sweetness of light, with particular emphasis on youths.
God has given us all things to enjoy while we live on this side of heaven. But our enjoyment and rejoicing must be moderated by the inescapable fact that God holds everyone accountable for what we do in the process. Some people live their life today as if it absolutely belongs to them. Many do not remember God. They engage in cult practices, and murder innocent children for ritual purposes. With their ill-gotten wealth, they choose to live in fornication, adultery and polygamy. “But know thou, that for all these things, God will bring thee into judgment” (verse 9).
Today is the day to make an essential U-turn to escape the judgment of God with all its unpleasant and tragic consequences. It is dangerous to treat God’s word and standard with levity. It is even more damning to assume that God will forever wink at iniquities. Some day, and very soon too, God will call every man to account for his
Thought for the day: You are free to choose between life and death