Remember the good old days? People may look around at all the bad things in their generation and fondly remember the past with a mind focused on only the good things that happened. It is easy to forget that there are good and bad things with every generation.
It may come as a surprise to some that the Bible speaks about this very thing. The fact that some look fondly at the past and wistfully wish for the “good old days”. A time when they were younger, perhaps.
The ones of that past generation, most likely, were saying the same things about their “good old days”. Consider this passage from 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.
What can we learn from this teaching from God? Perhaps, we should focus on making our present and future better and not live in the past. Also, it is not considered wise to dwell in the past.
Living the Christian life is one of current and forward thinking, leaving the past in the past is a good way to focus properly on current things. Things like how one is living for Christ in a good and honorable way.
In Philippians chapter 3 the inspired apostle Paul outlines this very thing by stating that he counts “all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”.
He goes on to teach us that “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
So, instead of trying to re-live what one may consider to be better times, may we all focus on the present and future. And we can then have our focus on the things of Christ in the good and proper manner.
We can look at the past recorded in the Bible to know that faithful people trusted in the Lord and things went well for them. Knowing this, can and should lead us to trust in Him explicitly and completely.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.