When it comes to youth counseling, the most famous chapter in the Bible for that is Ecclesiastes 11, specifically verse 9 which tells us to rejoice in our youth. Young people make many mistakes, which can carry scars for the rest of their lives. But how about young reader, if you give all your youth to the Lord and walk under His will?
Let’s see what the Bible tells us:
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
Ecclesiastes 11: 9-10 (KJV)
Youth is the prime of life, and should not be wasted as such. It is obvious to say that in our youth we can do things that we will never be able to do when we are old and we must bear that in mind.
Many misunderstand the term “rejoice” or “let thy heart cheer” written here, believing that this has to do with the unbridled desires of the flesh, but it is not the correct interpretation, as it would be contradictory to other passages of the Bible such as Galatians chapter five that tells us not to fulfill the desires of the flesh.
What does it mean that our hearts cheer in the days of youth? This context does not refer to evil, but to human instincts that are natural in themselves, such as: Sharing with friends, the wishes of having a family and children, having a vocation in the future and enjoying social events. Everything mentioned is part of the normality of each young person.
Now, pay attention to the second part of the verse: “and walk in the ways of your heart and in the sight of your eyes; but know, that on all these things God will judge you.” I cannot imagine this verse without this second part, since it could create a lot of confusion, since, the human being is an expert in things being done in his own way and having nothing to judge them.
What this means is that in the midst of all your normal activities, the desires of your heart and everything you do, you must know that there is a God in heaven who will judge you. Enjoy life, rejoice, but there is a God who watches all your steps. Also know, that the decisions you make today will be part of your future.
To finish, verse ten is good advice, since many when they enter the beautiful stage of youth, the fumes rise to their heads and show a certain attitude of anger and start doing things under the influence of this century.
Know, that youth is like a flower that fades, like the grass that dries up, like the passing wind. Soon you will be so old that you will look in a mirror and nothing of that beauty will remain. Therefore, give your adolescence and youth to Christ, since only in Him is there full life.