Do you ever look back and wish for what might have been? Sometimes, I do. Just this morning, I was reading in Job, and I must admit that I could echo his sentiments.
“Oh, how I long for the good old days,
when God took such very good care of me.
He always held a lamp before me
and I walked through the dark by its light.
Oh, how I miss those golden years
when God’s friendship graced my home,
When the Mighty One was still by my side
and my children were all around me,
When everything was going my way,
and nothing seemed too difficult. (Job 29:1-6, MSG)
If things aren’t going my way, I tend to cry “woe is me” like Job. I forget why I am here. I don’t see the bigger picture, and I forget God’s grander purpose. But, today I was reminded when I read up on Job’s story in one of my favorite reference books:
When life is difficult, it is normal to look back at the “good old days” and want to turn back the clock. But that approach is selfish (note how many times Job says “I” and “my”) and only adds to your pain. It makes enjoying happiness more important than experiencing holiness. Job listed some of the blessings he had enjoyed and some of the services he had performed for others, and all of that should have prepared him to face his trials with confidence. The past must be more than a memory; it must be a ministry. Today will soon be a yesterday. Are you using today to grow in the Lord so you are prepared for tomorrow? Is life an investment or just enjoyment?
Warren Wiersbe, Nelson’s Quick Reference Commentary
Something to think about…
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