Monday, July 03, 2006

"THE GOOD OLD DAYS"

As a part of my daily devotional time, after I have spent time in the Word of God, I like to read from the daily reading books of Calvin, Edwards and Luther. Today it was interesting to read from Luther as he worked with Ecclesiastes 7:10;

"Do not say, 'Why is it that the former days were better than these?' For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this."

He makes the great point that every generation believes that things were better when they were younger, or "in the good old days". He writes;
"Things never really went that well. We only realize how bad things are now because as we grow older, the number of things that annoy us also increases....The world has always been filled with troubles, but we haven't always been aware of them all."

It is an important reminder to us that sin has always been here and the world has always been affected and infected by it. Our place is not to spend all of our time looking back with rose colored glassed at the "good old days", but rather to see how the Lord would use us in these days to display His glory. Because it is true that those days of old were not that good. Think about it, do you want to go back to the good old fifties? Back then black people could not ride in the front of the bus, nor drink out of the same water bubbler, nor eat in the same restaurants as white people. I could go on and on, but Luther was right, the world has always been wicked. It has always been in need of Salt and Light, which those who follow Him truly are. So,true believers in Christ, live what you are now, that the sinful evil world may see Him!

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pastor tom