How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness! Job 29:2-3
Job starts to complain as he is looking back on his life. He is remembering the good times in life, when everything was going exactly as he thought it should be going. Looking back at the times of blessings when he felt God was on his side and pouring out blessings and there were no troubles in his life. He wants to go back to those days.
It is very common for people to look back on the “good old days” when things seemed to be much better. Every generation has a period in their lives when years ago life was easier and not as many problems.
Young adults look back at their high school years, when they did not have so many responsibilities or bills to pay. Middle aged people look back to when they were younger and had more time and dreams still seemed possible. Seniors look back to when their family was closer and they had more energy and less body aches.
Believers in the church are always talking about how God moved in their lives or church twenty years ago.
Looking back is good to remember, but not to want to go back to. Job was desiring to go back to those days, while missing what God was doing in the present time. God had never left his side. God was still pouring out blessings, in spite of all the trouble.
Jesus had said that He would be with you always. All throughout the Bible God told His people that He would never leave them, nor forsake them.
Keep this in the front of your mind when you are going through some of the many challenges of life. God has great things in store for you. Part of those things may include some suffering or challenges.
During those tough times, God is right there with you building you up to be more like Jesus. He is using you to be His witness to this lost world.
Do not fear the present and only long for the past. Look to the God of the present and future. Embrace what He has for you today.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; and that you will know the joy of the salvation Jesus has given you while in the trials of this life.