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.

Titus 3:3 What You Once Was

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” Titus 3:3

Paul admits his bad past, what he once was like. In this admission he also adds other believers who he is writing to. This is every believer.

Every person is born into sin. Being deceived every person lives a bad life of sin. Even the best of people are deep in sin until they come to Jesus.

Foolishness can often be found in doing things for the wrong reasons or saying the wrong thing. Disobedience is found in breaking the laws of the land and God’s laws. Deception is found in thinking that you are doing the correct thing and are in the right. Slavery is found in being bound to sinful habits and things.

Why would Paul remind his readers of their bad past? Many people will say the past is the past, let it go and forget it.

You must remember who you once were, the way you once lived. One reason is so that you remember the grace God has given you, what God has removed from you. This shows God’s great love for you.

As you remember what God has done for you, you can then pass that same grace and love on to others. It is easy to get angry with sinners in the way they act and live, but that is what you once did. Your sin was no greater or less than anyone else’s sin.

Do not cut others down because of their sin. Do not show hatred for those who are living in sin. Show compassion and mercy. Strive to point them to Jesus. Show His love that they may choose to accept what Jesus offers.

Seek God for strength to show His love to others. Never forget where you once were so that you can show that love.

I pray today that God will remind you of what He has done for you; that you will have God’s love and mercy for others; that you will have compassion for those who are living in sin; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.