What makes human nature stand out among all the other creatures of this world is his powerful memory. But what is memory if we cannot recall it accurately for further use? And among the things we recall in remembering can we see God therein? “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.”
Its meaning and importance
The creator of a thing is the one that stands behind that created thing as its designer and maker. An honest scientist who experiments and observes a thing must humbly acknowledge that there is design in the thing he observes. If a thing moves and changes without any good and consistent reason, then science and knowledge become impossible. Science and knowledge is about defining relationships among objects. When there are no consistent rules of laws governing changes, then science has nothing to observe which it can later repeat in experimentation. When these laws are seen to be purposeful, there is design in the object observed.
There are designs all around us, not only in man-made objects, but also in the natural objects. Take the human being for an example. Within this natural object, there are many systems at work simultaneously and harmoniously. There is the digestive system to ensure that the human body is well nourished. There is the nervous system to ensure central, intelligent control of the body in all its actions. So there is intelligence behind the human body testifying that there is a Designer behind all things.
The glory of this Designer is what the heavens and the earth unceasingly speak of from day to day. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Psa 19:1-3) Yet the creature that is made after the image of the Designer (man himself) fails to appreciate that glory. In fact, some vain men (in their folly) even dare to declare that there is no God. Those who know better say: “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.” (Psa 57:5)
Solomon, the wise, at the end of his book on the meaning of life (Ecclesiastes 12), calls upon the youth to remember their Creator. So there is no wisdom when a youth has no time for God – to know, appreciate and make known His glory. In fact, such foolish attitude is sin which must be repented of by all youth.
To remember something is to call to mind again some past memories of the thing. To remember our Creator is to recall past memories of our encounters with God as our Designer and Maker. It is only natural that a human being wonders about the origin of all things, at one time or another. His conscience which excuses or accuses him of wrong doings also testifies of the fact of his accountability towards God. Belief in subsequent lies of the devil may render a person neglectful of the knowledge of God. But God’s calling towards men is always to remember their Creator.
In this fallen world such a remembrance of the Creator would lead to the knowledge of Him as the Redeemer in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
It is the calling of every human being to seek salvation from Jesus Christ alone. And this begins by the remembering of the Creator.
Its priority for youth in particular
Youth in particular must remember the Creator, so thought the wise man, Solomon, after some deep thinking. At the time of writing, Solomon had the wisdom from above, con rmed in his own personal experiences. In that wisdom, he declared that all is vanity and vexation of spirit, when God is not in them. The saving knowledge of God in thought, word and deed, is fundamental for right living.
Some people may think that the knowledge of God can wait as there are more important things for a person to learn and experience, and so little time to do so. It is true, of course, that the knowledge of all things is impossible for any man. One must pick and choose what he wants to study and learn. If he does not prioritise, he would be wasting his time learning the unnecessary and distracting things. With good guidance from experienced people, a learner can advance faster and easier.
Solomon, as king and preacher, commanded that his people remember their Creator in the days of their youth. He did not think that young people had too many important things to learn to be concerned about knowing God. Not only must they know God, they must recall Him in all their thoughts.
The best time to learn anything is the time of youth. At this stage of growth, a person is sharpest in all of his faculties. All his five senses are up and about to transmit and receive information. His brain is being used most actively to process the information and make sense of the things around him. Ecclesiastes 12 contrasts the days of youth with “the evil days” of old age when a person finds no pleasure in the use of their various faculties.
For the Preacher, things learnt during the formative years of youth are vain without relating them to the knowledge of God. If indeed all things come from God, then they must all be related to Him in the most meaningful way. True knowledge is about relating all things around us in a meaningful way. Godless knowledge is the lie of the devil. It is foolishness which finally leads to destruction.
Do you agree with the wise man? Is God in all your thoughts as you learn many things in your youth? Are you a wise and godly person?
Answering its call
If you are a young person from a Christian home, you can now understand why your parents regularly bring you to Church since you were born. They want you to have the true knowledge of God, which can make you wise to salvation as you grow in grace. You can appreciate their concern for you and co-operate with them in the pursuit of God.
You are also encouraged to be active in the Covenant Keepers’ activities. In these activities you not only learn about God intellectually but also how to relate to Him in real life. God is in our midst, and we must not live as if He is not around overseeing us to protect and guide us. We must remind each other of God’s presence, so that we may remember Him in the days of our youth.
Any forgetting of God must be repented of if we are to correct ourselves and get rid of the harmful errors which hinder right learning. We are always learning, and especially so when we are in our youth. So keeping clean from this sin is most important for us at this age of our development.
When we remember our Creator in our youth, we learn early in life how to live antithetically as the people of God in this dark and sinful world.
“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;” Ecc. 12:1
Written by: Pastor Lau Chin Kwee | Issue 4