DON’T WASTE YOUR PRIME TIME
1 But you should remember your Creator in those days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “There is no pleasure left in them for me”; 2 before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after it rains; 3 in that day the guards of the house will tremble, and the strong men slouch, the grinders will stand idle because they are sparse, and those who look through the windows will grow dim; 4 and the doors on the street will be shut as the sound of the grinding mill softens, and he will wake up at the tweet of the bird, but all the daughters of song will only sing quietly.
no pleasure left
In this wonderful allegory, Solomon describes old age. He contrasts it to the prime of life, when everything is light and strength, and all your parts function correctly. The eyes look through their windows and see everything clearly when you are young, but the older you get, the darker the days get. Your bladder is like a full rain cloud, that seems to fill up again so quickly after you go. Those strong legs that guard your body/house turn to jelly. Your teeth are sparse, and just sit there idle, no longer serving to grind up your food. You no longer venture away from home because your doors of opportunity for productive work are shut. You miss the sound of business, and busyness. You wake up early, at the sound of the first bird’s tweet, but you don’t hear sounds as often as you used to.
Solomon’s point is the same that he has been making all along. Life is short, don’t waste it. Enjoy life to its fullest, especially when you are young and can enjoy it most. But, while you are enjoying the gift of life, remember the creator who gave it to you. Your relationship with him (and the pleasure you can gain from it) is what is left when everything else goes.
LORD, give us the wisdom to not waste our time, especially our prime time.