The Good Old Days
Posted: Wednesday, August 28
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
“I long for the years gone by when God took care of me, 3 when he lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness. 4 When I was in my prime, God’s friendship was felt in my home.
In January 1965, the new Milwaukee Public Museum unveiled its first major exhibit. Three years in the making, The Streets of Old Milwaukee was designed to capture the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
As a child I loved to walk through ‘The Streets’. I loved being able to pump water at the well (when it was working), watch a silent film in the cinema and go into the candy shop. As a father now, I like to relive these same experiences with my kids.
It’s great to visit the past but we shouldn’t live in the past, especially as followers of Christ.
In chapter 29 Job is thinking back to an earlier season of life when he was healthy, wealthy and his family was alive and well. With everything seemingly taken from him you can’t blame Job for being nostalgic for the good old days. It’s easy for our hearts to get stuck in yesterday.
It’s the couple who are finally empty nesters and they think more fondly about when their kids were small then about the grandkids to come. It’s the widow who can’t imagine enjoying the next season of life without their spouse. It’s the young dad pining for the carefree days of being single in college.
We have selective memories and only remember the happiest and most hope-filled occasions and as a result today seems disappointing and tomorrow appears bleak.
Were the old days really better than today? Are we capable of making an accurate judgment on this matter? Probably not. We have difficultly accurately perceiving the present so why would we have a clear view of the past?
As time marches on we forget about the anxieties we felt; the relational conflicts we navigated and struggles of every kind that were very real in the moment.
And today, even though it may seem like we face problems on every side, are we perceiving the greater work that God is doing through us and in us? Is God allowing some resistance today to refine our character and to make us more like Christ? If yes, our current frustrations are of immense value.
For as long as I can remember my dad has said ‘the best is yet to come’! That is true in each area of life. It’s true because each day God’s desire is that we become more like Him. It’s true because each day God wants to use us in new and fresh ways to grow his kingdom. It’s true because one day we will spend an eternity in heaven with the one who has loved us more than anyone else.
Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
Yes, the best is yet to come!