Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.
A Word In Due Season
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
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!"
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
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.
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). +++