The Allure of the Past
Posted: Thursday, February 2
Vere of the day:
“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” (Exodus 16:3 NLT)
The past holds a certain allure for most of us. We look back fondly on memories and often remember things as being better than what they were and we don’t remember how hard things were. Giving birth is one of those distorted memories for me. I look back on that and remember it as being easy and calm…My husband reminds me that wasn’t the case…at all.
The Israelites memory has become distorted. They are facing new challenges as they are experiencing freedom for the first time and the allure of the past is tempting them. The temptation to look back and long for what they once had. They aren’t remembering clearly though. From the way they are describing how they ate in Egypt you would think they were living in Pharaoh’s palace with an all you can eat buffet. They were slaves. They were beaten. They were forced into hard labor. Their newborn sons had been killed to try to control their expanding population. Do they really want to go back to that? For some meat and bread?
Every season that we find ourselves in has its own rewards and new challenges. The allure of the past tempts us to cherry pick the good while forgetting the challenges of that time. Would we really want to go back and relive the challenges that God has brought us through? Would we really want to go back to the relationships, situations and sins that once had us bound like slaves?
Like the Israelites, you may be facing a new challenge that has you longing for the past. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck there though. Appreciate the good memories but remember: when we serve God, the best is always is front of us. Not behind us.