Well, I have come to the end of my study in Ecclesiastes, the end of Solomon’s treatise on the meaning of life. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.
The cry every diligent college student can be found in verse 12: “…much study is wearisome to the flesh.” I think the NASB version also puts it really well: “…excessive devotion
“And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them'” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
Ah dearski! Those difficult days are coming when life will be just a drag and eternity will be both a touchable reality and a strong desire. When old age sets in, life seemingly becomes less and less worth living.
Wow…at the age of 23, this passage really strikes me. I feel like I am in that time of life between youth and old age, even though I know the expanse between the two is greater than that. But going to college with “kids” that are six years younger than me, I just don’t feel young anymore, yet if I were to live the average lifespan, I’m less than a third of the way through.