From:  Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.
A Word In Due Season


Scripture:  Ecclesiastes 7:10 (Living Bible)  "Don't long for the 'good old days', for you don't know whether they were any better than these!"

Often we look back on life and may wish that we could return to the "good old days."  We remember the times that our children's laughter filled our homes, but now they have homes and families of their own.  They may even live in distant cities and we rarely get to see them.  Possibly, we recall our own youth and long for the love of our mothers and fathers or loved ones, which are no longer with us.  We remember a time of freedom from the tremendous burdens of responsibility of adulthood that we now face.  Maybe we think of a more prosperous time or a time of better health than what we are experiencing at this current season of our lives.  Whatever the case, time has a way of changing things.  And regardless of our desire, there is no way to turn back the hands of time.  Life goes forward.

Solomon, in all of his wisdom, instructs us not to long for the former days or to wonder why they seem so much better than today.  He said it
 is not wise for us to look back because we do not know for sure that the former days were better than the day that we are now living in.  We are to live this day to the fullest, cherish every moment, and celebrate each experience.  We are to recognize that all things may not seem to be good at the moment, but that good can come from all things.  This is God's promise to us.  Our attitude of faith is what makes the difference.  God rewards those who trust Him and who do not murmur and complain.

In Philippians 4:11-12, Paul teaches us this same concept.  He tells us to be content in all things.  We are to learn how to be abased when we suffer lack and how to abound when we have plenty.  We are not to long for the 'good old days' or wish for a better future day.  We are to count each day as a blessing and a gift from God.  God is using each day and every circumstance in our life to mold us and make us into His special vessels.  We must trust Him and not look back or long for the past.  God has made today for us and given us breath to experience it.  It should be an adventure and we should "rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalms 118:24). +++