Bible Society of South Africa

The good old days - 30 May 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

Bible text(s)

10Never ask, “Oh, why were things so much better in the old days?” It's not an intelligent question.

Ecclesiastes 7:10GNBOpen in Bible reader

It’s natural to reminisce about moments and seasons that brought joy and happiness. However, fixating on the past can prevent us from fully engaging with the present and embracing the opportunities that lie before us. The author of Ecclesiastes encourages us to approach life with wisdom, recognising that each day holds its own blessings, challenges, and opportunities for growth.

Instead of longing for the past, we should learn to be present in the moment. When we are fully engaged in the present, we can appreciate the beauty around us, connect with others, and make the most of the opportunities that come our way. God’s goodness and provision are not limited to a particular time or season but can be found in every day if we have eyes to see.

Dwelling on the past can hinder our growth and rob us of the joy and peace God intends for us in the present. God’s plans for our lives involve continuous growth, transformation, and purpose. Each day is an invitation to experience his faithfulness, to learn from our past, and to move forward with hope and confidence.

As we navigate the journey of life, let us release the grip of the past and trust in God’s guidance for the future. He is present with us in every season, offering his wisdom and direction. By seeking his will and trusting in his timing, we can live each day with purpose, embracing the opportunities and challenges that come our way.

Prayer: Grant us the wisdom to see the beauty and opportunities of today, rather than longing for what was or what might be. May we find contentment and joy in the present, knowing that you are with us every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

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