Again Solomon reminds us to make the most of the time that we have, because youth is fleeting — you blink and next thing you know, your 40 and wondering what the heck happened…young people don’t really think about this, but once you hit middle age, we tend to find ourselves looking back at our younger years wondering what could have been, so we get a cautionary verse on how to live our lives with respect to the passage of time:
Ecc 11:10 So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.
Both anger and worry can definitely be a waste of our minds — of course we should be vigilant, but as far as letting worry and anxiety and stress govern our lives, Solomon tells us that we are to remove these things, it would be a shame to look back at our lives and think of all the missed opportunities we had because we lived scared lives. Sadly, sorry and anger is something that devil uses as an instrument to pull us into sin.
Worry causes heartache and anger causes murder, both which are forbidden by God, Christ tells us not to be angry, but instead to forgive, as Paul reminds us, God forgave us, should we not forgive our enemies.
Being stressed and worrying about things is also something that Bible forbids, Christ says put your trust in Him and God will see to it that we are provided for, but it comes down to surrendering our lives to Him, that means accepting the good and the bad, and knowing that the dark days and the sunny one’s alike come from God, and are but bumps in the road in our lives that will end with us being One with our Creator.
The Word today also tells us to take care of our bodies in our youth, because our youth is withering away…playing fast and loose in our early years can catch up with us a later age. No one catches cancer from smoking at 16 but a pack a day for 30 straight years will all but guarantee emphysema or something worse at a later age.
Summing things up, The preacher tells us that anger, worry and rough living should be cast aside because, while we don’t think about them in our youth, they can be the cause for regret when we start hitting middle age or older age and starting thinking of the shoulda, woulda, couldas in life.