Closer to God

Ecclesiastes 7:10

10Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. 

An older person told his children that they have better life situation in the past. He remembers the clear running water in a creek with abundant fish, shrimp, crabs he and his friend would catch for dinner. He also recalls how they would pick wild guava, santol, or berries when they got hungry after getting tired from playing hide and seek. For him, life was much lively and enjoyable in the past. Do you have any experience in the past that you wish to happen or experience at present? It is useful to learn from the past but it futile to live the present in the past. Many things have changed. Past won’t return. It is much smarter to find a way to overcome present struggle than dreaming that the past will rebirth.

When events or circumstance in the past come to mind, what should be done to make better? For sure, we just cannot ignore great or not so great experiences that had been crucial factor to current life situation. The Psalmist said in Psalm 143:5, 5I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.

Remembering on how the Lord has changed our former worldly lifestyle to godly lifestyle is never unwise. Actually, it’s advisable because it would be useful for our heart to be more grateful when we meditate on the faithfulness of God and the great things He has done for us. For Christians, we could view life at present to be much better than the past, no matter what practical circumstances we have, why? Genuine believers grow spiritually each day. The more we grow in our relationship with the Lord the more we grow closer to Him. The more we grow closer to Him, the more we experience His grace and love. The more we grow deeper in God’s love, the more we become thankful. Therefore, life in the past maybe good, but as time passes by, we could get closer to God which would result to far much better kind of life.

Lord Jesus, help me grow deeper in Your love.

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