There is a story about a cock who was seen standing on one leg. When asked why, it said that it was practicing how to stand on one leg. It added that someday, a king might come who would order everyone to stand on one leg and if that time came, it would have been used to standing on one leg.
What can we learn from this story? We see a cock who is thinking and looking ahead into the future and making preparations towards it. A cock making the optimum use of his time so that it would not be found wanting if that king really comes. In this scenario, we can see that even though the coming of that ‘king’ is a matter of probability, the cock found wisdom in preparing for the worst possible thing that could happen to it.
In real life, it is always wise to prepare for the worst. Let’s consider this: if the fictional cock prepared for the evil day which may or may not come, what should human beings living in a real world do in order to face the day that will inevitably come?
There will surely be evil days in the life of every person; ‘evil’ in the sense that when those days come, we will be unable to do some basic things that we so easily did in the good days. Chapter 12 of Ecclesiastes gives us the best description of the inevitable evil days and how we can prepare for them. So remember your creator while you are still young, before those evil days and years come when you will say ‘I don’t enjoy life’. That is when the light of the sun, the moon and the stars will grow dim for you, and the rain clouds will never pass away. Then your arms, that have protected you, will tremble and legs, now strong, will grow weak. Your teeth will be too few to chew food, and your eyes too dim to see clearly. Your ears will be deaf to the noise of the street. You will barely be able to hear the mill as it grinds or music as it plays, but even the song of a bird will wake you from sleep. You will be afraid of high places and walking will be dangerous. Your hair will turn white; you will hardly be able to drag yourself along, and all desire will have gone. We are going to our final resting place, and there will be mourning in the streets. The silver chain will snap, and the golden lamp will fall and break; the rope at the well will break, and the water jar will be shattered. Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to who gave it to us. (GOOD NEWS BIBLE)
Youth is the time of life when one is young, but often means the time between childhood and adulthood. It is also defined as ‘the appearance, freshness, vigour, spirit, etc characteristic of one who is young’. Its definitions of a specific age ranges varies, as youth is not defined chronologically as a stage that can be tied to specific age ranges. (Wikipedia)
When you are young, strong and enjoying life, it seems that you will never approach old age. But as times and years pass, old age and death catches up on you. Some boast of their appearance and strength forgetting they would not be young forever. Some are so busy trying to make it in life and have no space for God in their lives forgetting that having reverence for God and obeying His commands is the whole essence of man.(Ecclesiastes 12:13) Some are bold enough to say, ‘Oh, let me enjoy my youth. I will repent and have time for God later in my life’. Such people think they have lots of time left. It’s a big mistake to think you can wait and have a relationship with God later. Others may also think serving God is for the Elderly.
Beloved, remember your Creator now before the evil days come. Give your life to Christ, have a relationship with God, have reverence for Him and serve Him while you still can. Difficult and tougher days are ahead. Time will soon turn against you. Remember thy Creator before the troubles, the tragedies, the difficulties and infirmities of life hit you. The evil days are fast approaching. No one knows what that evil day may bring. That evil day can be today, tomorrow or in some years to come. That day will surely come. That evil day may leave you crippled. That evil day may take your eyesight away. The beauty and strength that you boast of will fade away. Don’t wait any longer. Don’t wait till that evil day brings so many worries about life which will make you lose interest in the things of God. And Oh, that evil day could be your last day on earth.
Brethren, God is calling you. He wants you to have a relationship with Him while you are still young and zealous. He has a purpose for your life which can only be accomplished if He is the Lord of your life. He needs that potential in you to establish His Kingdom. Just as you are, come! Don’t grow old and weak without serving your Creator. It is said that the elderly may sometimes forget the things of the recent past but retain vivid memories of the distant past. Serve the Lord while you still can, and the memories of serving the Lord in your youth will bring a sense of joy and satisfaction even when the evil days come.
I leave you with the lyrics of MHB 394 (the first and last stanzas)
Just as I am, Thine own to be,
Friend of the young, who lovest me,
To consecrate myself to Thee,
O Jesus Christ, I come.
Just as I am, young, strong and free,
To be the best that I can be,
For truth, and righteousness, and Thee,
Lord of my life I come.
By: Daniel A.T. Gyansah