The wisest man who ever lived also had everything his heart could desire. God granted this man not only a wise and understanding heart but also wealth and kingship. Who was he? This man was none other than mighty King Solomon, who lived a long life overflowing with money, power, fame, and a thousand women.
“So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart” (I Kings 10:23-24).
Yes, Solomon had it all – until his many wives became his downfall. The Bible tells how these women turned away his heart from the one true God. While reflecting back on his life, Solomon poured out a wealth of wisdom for his son in the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. He penned thousands of verses giving instruction on many subjects, from money and hard work to health and romance.
Young people would do well to heed the wisdom and advice of King Solomon. Those who do so will find a reservoir of godly counsel to guide them around the pitfalls of bad choices and give them joy in life. Those who don’t will inevitably fall victim to the sinful temptations of youth and bear the painful consequences of foolish actions throughout their life.
Here, in a nutshell, is wisdom from the heart of King Solomon. Take heed, learn wisdom, and thereby enjoy life!
Yes, you do have a Creator! You did not evolve from apes or lower life forms as “scientific theories” would have you believe. The inventors of such theories do not wish to be held accountable to anyone, certainly not to a Creator God who will bring their works to judgment. So many modern-day scientists accredit their existence to mere chance.
Here is the truth: you were designed by a brilliant mind! Every detail of your life was known by a loving God from the beginning of time, and every part of you was fashioned by divine hands. Believe it or not, there really is a purpose for your existence, and you have a destiny to fulfill! The secret in finding out your life purpose is not found in searching the world around you. It is found only when you seek your Creator with all your heart. He wrote the owner’s manual on you, and He knows you better than you know yourself.
Read from the pen of King Solomon:
“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; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain” (Ecclesiastes 12:1-2).
- Trembling hands and arms – “In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble,”
- Bent over back/shoulders and frail legs – “and the strong men shall bow themselves,”
- Loss of teeth – “and the grinders cease because they are few,”
- Failing eyesight – “and those that look out of the windows be darkened,”
- Loss of hearing – “And the doors shall be shut in the streets,”
- Mumbling speech – “when the sound of the grinding is low,”
- Easily awakened – “and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird,”
- Can’t sing – “and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;”
- More fears with old age – “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way,”
- Season of old age sets in; white hair – “and the almond tree shall flourish,”
- Small tasks take effort – “and the grasshopper shall be a burden,”
- Natural drives wane – “and desire shall fail:”
- Bones break easily; body shuts down – “because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.”
- Death comes; body returns to the earth – “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” As shown elsewhere in Scripture, a person (who is a soul) goes to the grave at death to await one of two resurrections (see John 5:28-29).
- Solomon gives us this melancholy depiction of old age in order to help us realize how short our life really is. Our youthful energy is indeed limited. Those who say they will live for God only when they get old are foolish. First, none of us are guaranteed another day on earth (Proverbs 27:1); and second, old age has a way of hardening those who waste their life. Too many older folks have a lifetime of regret. Your youth is the very best time in your life to seek your Creator!