Ecclesiastes 7:10 A Bad Question To Ask

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Ecclesiastes 7:10

It is very common for people to look back on history and make the statement that those were the ‘good old days’. This usually occurs as someone watches a movie or tv show that depicts life years ago. Looking at what is being shown appears to be a great life, that is slow and full of meaning and purpose. Everything looks great.

Another time people think of the ‘good old days’ is when they are going through a very tough situation in life. Married couples begin to look back on their earlier years of marriage and think it was so much better. Or parents look at when their children were younger and think it was better.

Over and over in this nation people are looking back on years ago. Christians do it often when the government makes a bad ruling, or when someone does an extreme case of killing.

Solomon says that it is not wise to look back like that and ask the question why it was so much better.

Throughout a person’s life there are many ups and downs. Every period of life has its own unique challenges. At the time it appears as though it is the worst of times. Then later, after surviving the situation, another situation arises that appears to be even worse.

As a human being, you can only live in the present. You cannot live in the past or the future. Today is the day for salvation and you must live in it.

Do not forget what has occurred in the past, but do not dwell in the past. Learn from it and move forward. Accept what God has for you today and look forward to what He will have for you tomorrow.

It may appear that the past was good, but try to remember how hard some of the situations were at the time you were going through them. Today is no different. People are no better or worse than they were before. Situations are no better or worse, it is nothing new.

God has you on a journey in this life. Accept what He has given you and live your life to the fullest for Him. Don’t ask bad questions that are worthless.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be content with what God is giving you; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you today.

Psalm 140:6 A Humble Cry For Mercy

I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy. Psalm 140:6

It is common for people to cry out to God when in need. When a person is going through a very difficult time, he will call out to God for help and mercy in the situation. Others will intercede for him also, asking God to help meet that need.

In the process of praying for assistance from God, many will begin to list the reasons why God should help. In this list, many will bring up all the good deeds that has been done. They are listed as though God should help a person because of what he has done in the past.

When a person is praying like this, either for himself or for someone else, the prayer becomes about self and not about God and what He wants. No person actually deserves God’s help in any situation. In fact, every person deserves the worst possible punishment for all eternity.

Only because Jesus died and paid for the price for all sin, does any person have any right to ask God for anything. It is because God is God that a person has a right to cry out for mercy.

When David was crying out for mercy to God, he did not list anything that he had done. All he did was ask for God’s mercy in dealing with his enemies. He knew God as His God and that God was the one in control and could deliver him. No one else could help him, and he did not deserve the help. Any mercy given by God was a blessing, not an earned right.

As you go to God in prayer for your own personal needs, or the needs of others, allow God to be the one in control. Seek His mercy to meet that need. Do not try to earn the right for Him to help you.

God loves you and had Jesus pay the price for you sins. In paying that price, you are also given the right to have His mercy given to you. It is only because of Jesus, that you can have God’s mercy. Jesus provided abundant mercy in just forgiving your sins, He will continue to pour out that mercy in your life.

I pray today that you will know the mercy God has for you; that you will not try to earn rights with God; that God will be your God; and that you will see God meeting all of your needs in His way and time.

Deuteronomy 4:32 Has This Ever Happened?

Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? Deuteronomy 4:32

As Moses was leading the Israelites through the desert, humanity had not been on the earth that long, only a few thousand years. The experience of mankind was still limited. The one thing he points out was to look at how God spoke to the Israelites and brought them out of Egypt. This had never been done before in history. He tells them to think about this and notice how great it is, so that they will know the LORD is God.

Now that it is several thousand years later, mankind has had many different experiences to look back upon and review. Yet, there are some things that happen in an individual’s life that can be seen.

Even though God has been doing some things over and over for thousands of years, does not take away the wonder and miracle of the events. Look at the beauty of the sunrises and sunsets each day; look at the beauty of the mountains, forests, lakes and rivers; and look at the wonder of life and the body. It is amazing how God does all these things.

Now take a look at your own life. In the scheme of just this little planet earth, who are you really? If you are like me, and most people are, you are really nobody important. You might be important to a few hundred people, but what is a few hundred to the seven billion on the earth?

Yet, the God of the universe, the One who created everything, has died on a cross for you and wants a relationship with you for all eternity. Ask yourself has this ever been done in another religion before?

Ask yourself, prior to Jesus, has this ever happened before?

The answer is no.

Take notice what God has done in your life and realize that He is GOD and that there is no other. Give God the praise that is due Him today. Honor Him with your whole life.

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will see the wonder in all of God’s actions; that you will hear God’s voice each day; and that you will know the Lord is GOD.

James 1:5 Ask For Wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

Wisdom is something that everyone likes to see in someone else and think they have themselves. People go to college for years and get their Doctorate degree and think that they are wise. All the schooling did not necessarily make them wise, but it may have made them intelligent. Wisdom is knowing how to properly use that knowledge they have learned.

James brings up asking for wisdom right after talking about enduring many trials. Why would he bring this up now?

When a person is going through a difficult time in their life it is difficult to understand why it is happening. The main question always asked is “why”? Why are the bad things happening? Why does it not seem to end?

All the knowledge in the world does not answer those questions completely. Knowledge may be able to answer a part of those questions, but not fully.

God’s ways are above your ways and His thoughts are above your thoughts. This is where His wisdom comes in. It takes wisdom to understand the grand purpose of suffering. The world will just tell you that it was bad luck or injustice. God will tell you that He is trying to make you more like Jesus.

God is more than willing to give His wisdom to you in generous amounts, if you are willing to ask for it and accept it. God wants you to understand what is happening. This does not mean the gritty details of why right now, but the why you need to trust Him and rest in Him through the suffering. It is knowing that it is for your good in the end.

Do not seek wisdom just to be wise and know-it-all. Seek it to trust God more and be more like Jesus. Seek wisdom to be the helper to others as Jesus was to you and the rest of the world. It was God’s wisdom that brought salvation to you, imagine what it can do for you today.

Ask God for wisdom today.

I pray today that you will trust God in difficult situations; that you will seek God’s wisdom; that you will do what God wants you to do; that you will become more like Jesus everyday; and that you will use God’s wisdom in His way.

Mark 8:11-12 Wrong Reasons for Signs

“The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given it.” Mark 8:11-12

Everyday Jesus was out teaching and performing many miracles. Thousands of people were coming to Him and talking about these miracles. They saw these miracles as signs from God.

Now the Pharisees come and ask for a sign. Their purpose was not to believe in Jesus, but to try to prove that He was a false teacher/prophet. They did not believe that Jesus was from God. If Jesus could not give the sign, than they would have their proof that He was not real.

One who believes in Jesus, must do so on faith. Faith is believing without physically seeing. It is believing when there is nothing in the natural to give you reason to believe.

Many people will ask for a sign like the Pharisees did. They really don’t believe in Jesus, but want some kind of proof that He is false. If the sign doesn’t happen, then Jesus was not real.

This is a different asking for a sign, then what the believer will ask. When a believer asks for a sign, he has already heard from God and just wants a confirmation that He heard correctly. He believes what God has said.

Jesus had stated that there would be many signs and that you must watch for them. If you are led by God’s Holy Spirit, you will see and understand those signs. You will not need any more signs from God.

Why do you ask for a sign from God? Is it out of unbelief, or from belief? God wants to build your faith in Him. He will use signs to do that, but you must be willing to accept them. You must also be willing to accept God’s choice to not show signs at times, and still trust Him.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that you will see the signs that God is showing; that you will not test God to prove Him wrong; that you will walk with God in faith; and that God will build your faith in Him.

1 John 5:14-15 Confidence in Asking

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

Here are two verses that are often misread. Many people love to hear the part about how they can approach God to ask Him of something and how He hears them. But many of those same people forget the part that the asking has to be done according to His will.

Most people go to God just like a child goes to see Santa Clause. Every child seeing Santa Clause has a long list of wants, things that they desire to have for a Christmas present. Nearly all the things on that list is for themselves, not for other people.

In this very same way, many Christians approach God with their long list of desires. With many Christians, this is not only desires for themselves, but also for others. The heart is the same though–wanting God to do something for them.

John tells you, however, that this type of approach to God does not work. The approach that works is the person who goes to God and asks Him for something that God desires. All requests must be according to the will of God.

At this point, things get a little tough for most people. If you look at the Bible it appears that it is God’s will to heal all people. So, then, you go ahead and pray for healing for a person. The person does not get healed.

Before you prayed, did you ask God if it was His will to heal that person? Maybe God has that person sick for a time to get his attention; or to be an example of trusting in God for another person; or something else only God knows what.

Not everything that appears good is in God’s will. Remember that His ways are above your ways and His understanding and wisdom is greater than yours. You only see the here and now. God sees the heart and the future also. God knows what is best.

I am not saying not to pray for some desire you have. What I am saying is check to see if that desire is in God’s will. Seek God to find out what He wants in that situation.

When you ask anything that God desires, He will more than gladly fulfill that desire. He wants to do something, you need to be in tune with that something. If you are asking what He desires He will then hear you and answer you.

I pray that today God will reveal what He desires in every situation on your heart; that you will know God’s will and pray according to it; that your prayers will not be selfish; and that God will do mighty things through you because He hears you.