Young Person, Live For God in Your Youth
Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:7– 12:14
“Fear of God” includes both overwhelming awe that prompts humans to tremble before God in dread, and reverence that turns us toward God in joyful obedience.
Message of Ecclesiastes: Fear God in order to turn a vain, empty life into a meaningful life that will enjoy God’s good gifts, and to escape the final judgment.
- Young person, live gratefully and joyfully with the good gifts you have received from God (11:7-10)
- Young person, live for your creator before death overtakes you. Abandon all illusions of independence and self-sufficiency as God regains his rightful centrality in your life (12:1-12)
- Young person, there will be judgment for how you conduct yourself in your youth, so be wise and prepare for Christ’s judgment (13-14)