“Ah, the good ole’ days!” We often glamorize the past, remembering the good and forgetting the bad. I have done this... remembering college and thinking of all the great things that happened and all the great memorize. At the same time, I forget about the lack of sleep, stress, and heartache that came during that time as well. In the thick of a time in life we feel the past was “better” sometimes.
The big problem with this line of thinking is when the past really wasn’t better! Like a saved man looking back on his unsaved past and longing for it. Or a woman longing to be with a former lover instead of her husband. Or a teen wanting to go back to sinful activities because they miss them.
Human nature allows us to look back at times that weren’t all that pleasant, and see them through rose colored glasses. In a moment of temptation, a person may desire an old habit or sin, but forget all the pain and brokenness associated with that fault.
Jeremiah calls out the people of God for looking back over their past, and thinking the false gods had blessed and helped them. They saw them as the good ole’ days! They rejected the commands of God and the pleas of God’s man because they had created a false past... they saw it through rose colored glasses.
When they thought about the blessings of the past… they thought about false gods instead of the One True God. They attributed victories and blessings to these false deities. God is a jealous God, and He will not share His glory with deaf, dumb, and inanimate false gods.
Don’t create this blunder! Sometimes a life lived for God may seem burdensome or lonely or unprofitable... but if FAR EXCEEDS a life without God! It is the only life of real joy, peace, and love. Don’t leave the good life for a smokescreen of a false past.
The past is not as good as you remember it. Maybe you need to pray and ask God to help you see the reality of the consequences of past sins. Today purpose to live for the Lord, and never long for the “leeks and garlic” of Egypt.
Daily Scripture Reading
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein, Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.”