Not Looking Back
SEPTEMBER 28, 2023
Daily Reading – Ecc. 7-8 / Gal. 2
Ecclesiastes 7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
Nostalgia waxes poetic sometimes. Looking into the past through rose-colored glasses and seeing all the good that used to be. We look to a time when church socials were big events in town. A time when the cities and schools would never dare conduct activities when church services were on. These times were considered sacred and reserved for the church. We think back to what is often called a simpler time in History. That is what we want to remember. We forget that there was no electricity, phones, cars, computers, or fast-food restaurants. We forget that running water was only running if the person carrying it was cold and hurrying back into the house. The hospitals had few treatments for many illnesses such as leukemia and heart attacks. Saloons and gambling casinos stayed open seven days a week. Truth is that there was sin filled folks back then too. Wishing for the past never solves anything.
You can find good and bad in any age of man. In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul said the same thing as Solomon, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Society may change, but God never changes. He’s as good today as He ever was.
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
It is not the time or age that is corrupt. It is people who live during any age. We cannot change time. However, with God’s help we can change the hearts of man. Let us work on what can be changed and leave history to teach us what not to do again.
Might we all press forward?
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director