Today’s readings are packed with so much wisdom, you could probably spend a year studying these passages and still only grasp a small amount of the lessons hidden in these words. But since most of us are in the years of our youth, let’s focus on the end of chapter 11 and beginning of chapter 12 where Solomon writes to the young men and women.
Taken out of context, verse 9 often makes people think that it’s okay to spend the days of your youth walking in the ways of your heart, and doing whatever pleases your eyes so that your life is fun and cheerful. But the end of the verse also warns us that if we choose that path, God will bring us into judgement.
Then, in chapter 12, Solomon tells us to remember our Creator and seek God in the days of our youth before life settles in with all its responsibilities, sorrows, and old age. That in the end, all that matters is to: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is a man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
Because there is no free pass for the days of our youth. Contrary to popular belief, the four (or more years) of college are not free reign for us to party, drink, hang out, and get the maximum amount of pleasure out of before adulthood sets in. Instead, it’s the prime time establish a strong foundation in our faith. Because this is when we have the time, energy, and youthful naivety. Above all, now is when we have that deep longing for belonging, purpose and love; and if we learn to fill those spaces in our hearts and schedules with the Lord now, then we won’t spend a lifetime chasing worldly success, riches, a man’s love or any other vanity. Because God is already our whole heart and our entire purpose for existing. That is why we should choose God today, from the very beginning.