Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them… Ecclesiastes 12:1
Meeting God in your youth is a great way to deal with the problems that come with aging: Relationship distress, disease, disappointment, and eventually death. The greatest moment in anyone’s life is when they come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savoir. This is wonderful, not matter the age or life stage of the person coming to faith in Jesus. No matter your age today, you will be younger today than you are tomorrow. So this is good teaching for everyone – especially the youngest among us.
Having Jesus in your heart and life can impact the handling of the disappointments of life. Life happens to everyone. Christians are not exempt to problems. What Solomon, the Preacher-King is saying in this passage is that when we remember God in when we are young, it sets us up for a more fulfilled, and more Biblically framed life. Remember God in your youth means that the decision making, thought process and more are all going to be informed by the Lord and His Word.
When we have our decisions and choices informed by God, and follow His commands, we are more likely to fulfill God’s plan for our life and to achieve His perfect will for our individual lives.
A young person who does nor remember God in his youth is more likely to make bad choices and to create self-inflicted problems that will plague him for the rest of his life. Drugs, living together before marriage, disease acquirement, job loss, injuries, relationship struggles, family problems are potential issues, just to name a few.
Know God while you are young. Teach your kids NOW. Then as you and your kids remember God while you are young (or younger today than you will be tomorrow) you can live a life that is blessed by God.
Bad things will still come up, but you have the Lord, His comfort, and His mind on how to handle your specific situation.