Words of Wisdom: Seek God While He Can Be Found! Ecclesiastes 12:1-8
So remember your Creator in the days of your youth: Before the days of adversity come, and the years approach when you will say, “I have no delight in them”; before the sun and the light are darkened, and the moon and the stars, and the clouds return after the rain; on the day when the guardians of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, the women who grind cease because they are few, and the ones who watch through the windows see dimly, and the doors at the street are shut while the sound of the mill fades; when one rises at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song grow faint. Also, they are afraid of heights and dangers on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper loses its spring, and the caper berry has no effect; for man is headed to his eternal home, and mourners will walk around in the street; before the silver cord is snapped, and the golden bowl is broken, and the jar is shattered at the spring, and the wheel is broken into the well; and the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. “Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Everything is futile. Eccl 12:1-8 (HCSB)
Why is it that the statistics reveal that if a young person does not acknowledge and pursue God by the age of 18 there is less than a 5% chance he or she will do so later in their life? Most all decisions about one’s relationship with God occur in one’s childhood, before the child grows up, and leaves the safety and security of their home. This is a fact that impacted me years ago and is one of the primary motivations and inspirations for me having been a teacher and coach. Parents, why is there such an emphasis in the Bible to rear our children under the admonition of the Lord and to teach them about God and His Word? Why do most parents place their children in church settings even though they themselves may not be as devoted to the church as they know they should? Now, I am not saying that everyone who hears the Word lives the Word as the focus of their life, all the time. We all go through stages in our walk with God. However, we all need to connect with our Creator God while we are young and the stresses of life have not choked the opportunity from us!
It is also a fact that most teenagers, especially after they leave the house, will wander on their own testing their own abilities and understandings about life for a period of time. Many will listen to people question God’s reality and existence, or hear challenges to the authenticity of God’s Word in academic circles. Freedom of thought and self-understanding are stages in every person’s life that I believe God allows as a challenge to our faith. However, for the majority of those who had a solid grounding in their youth about God, life’s events will eventually bring them closer to God with a stronger understanding and conviction than ever before after a period of independence. You see, most people in pursuit of all their options come to the reality sooner or later that there is no option to God. There will be some who try to deny God, but even in fighting against God one is struggling with God’s reality and impact upon their life. There is probably no greater evidence of God’s existence than the fact that so many people have such a strong faith in Him, and in the end most people cannot deny His existence and reality. Even the most educated scientists and philosophers find their own journeys of discovery almost always conclude that they are staring at God in the end.
Why is this so important? In life there will be times of trials and tribulation that will be beyond our abilities to cope and survive without God. He allows these challenges and obstacles into our life so that our knowledge of God becomes our faith in God as we mature in our walk with God. Yes, our walk with God may falter, but sooner or later most all of us return to seeking by faith God’s will, God’s Ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word as the cornerstone of our life. And God enjoys every person who realizes that he or she cannot go any further in life without Him and seeks the opportunity to return to Him as the Lord and Savior of their life.
Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.” Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them. John 12:35-36 (HCSB)