23
Apr
15

Ah Yes, The Good Old Days

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
    For it is not wise to ask such questions. – Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV)

There is a great comfort in reminiscing.  We think about “the good old days” and it brings warmth to our hearts.  We play, “Remember when?” and it brings a smile to our faces.  “Do you remember when gas was 19 cents a gallon?”  “Do you remember when we were kids and we didn’t have to worry about the things kids have to worry about today?”  “Why can’t we do this like we used to do back in the good old days?”  Solomon says, “Stop living in the past.”
Why would he say this?  Why does he say that is unwise to look back and ask, “Why can’t it be like it was back in the good old days?”  Because, as Billy Joel once sang, “The good ole days weren’t always good…” (Keeping the Faith).  Solomon had written earlier in Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun.  Yesterday, today and tomorrow aren’t really all that different.  At least, they’re not as different as we’d like to think that they are.
So what can we do to “forget the past and strain toward the future” (Philippians 3:13, paraphrase)?  First, we have to stop looking over our shoulders.  The past isn’t  coming back.  The past has passed and if you continue to live in it, you’ll miss so much in life.  Second, we need to understand the present times.  We live in amazing times and, as that great theologian Ferris Bueller once said, “…if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”  So enjoy the day God has given you and look for opportunities to do His will and share His love with those who need it.  Third, remember your future.  God has a bright and glorious future for His people.  Keep your eyes on Heaven as you run the race of life.  Follow Jesus today, for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).
Ecclesiastes 7:7-12 (NIV)

Extortion turns a wise person into a fool,
    and a bribe corrupts the heart.

The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
    and patience is better than pride.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
    for anger resides in the lap of fools.

10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
    For it is not wise to ask such questions.

11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
    and benefits those who see the sun.
12 Wisdom is a shelter
    as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
    Wisdom preserves those who have it.

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