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.

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2 Peter 1:12 A Good Reminder

“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12

Peter had just finished telling the people to live godly, productive life. They were to continue to make sure their salvation was sure. Living like this meant they had to stay away from sin and grow in love towards God and others. If they kept their focus on these things they would enter heaven some day. Now he tells them he reminded them of these things, even though they already knew it.

People need to be reminded of things on a regular basis. It is easy to forget things in the busyness of life. Life gets a person busy doing many different things. There are so many things to remember: pay the bills, get to work on time, plan the supper meal, clean the house, put gas in the car, get groceries, empty the trash, go to a child’s event, and the list goes on and on.

How many times do you forget little things throughout the day? At the end of the day as you go to bed, suddenly you remember you forgot to do something earlier that day.

There are many things used to remind people of what needs to be done. Planning calendars, notebooks, little sticky notes, ring reminders on the phone, and other ways of reminding. This needs to be done because people forget very quickly.

Think about how many billions of dollars are spent every year on advertisement on television trying to remind people of products. This needs to be done to keep the sales up.

As a believer you may know all the basics of following Jesus. You may know more advanced thoughts on Jesus and God’s Word. You know that you should stay away from sin and live in love. Yet, how many times do you forget these little things and step out of God’s will and into sin?

Create daily reminders, or even hourly, to keep your focus on Jesus and His Word. Constantly remind yourself to live for God in His way. Do not let yourself forget what Jesus has done for you and in you. Someday we will be able to meet in heaven if we continue to live for God today.

I pray today that God will remind you of all He has done for you; that you will remember all the Words God has given you; that God will help you keep your focus on Him; and that you will not forget why you are following Jesus.

Luke 24:8 Remember

“Then they remembered his words.” Luke 24:8

Jesus had died on the cross and was buried. Several days later some women went to the tomb of Jesus to do some work there. When the arrived they saw the stone rolled away and two men in bright clothing sitting there. These men told the women that Jesus had risen just like He said He would. Then they remembered His words.

These women, along with the disciples, were near the cross when Jesus died. They saw Him physically die on the cross. They watched Him get buried in the tomb. In their eyes Jesus was dead.

As all of this excitement was going on, they forgot one of the most important things Jesus had told them. He had told them that He would get killed, but He would also rise from the dead in three days. It was only after some angels made some statements, did the women remember the words of Jesus.

Today people can look back at the words of Jesus in the Bible. They hear about them in a sermon on Sundays. Yet, during the week, they forget what Jesus had said.

Some of those things Jesus says: I am with you and will never leave you; I give you my peace; I forgive you; I love you; I am in control; and I will return to take you with me.

Do you forget the words of Jesus? When life gets chaotic on you and things are falling apart, as it did for those women and the disciples, do you remember His words?

You need to remember His words every day. If you forget about them, you will get discouraged, scared, and hopeless. You will lose your peace.

His words have never changed. They are the same today as they were 2,000 years ago. Do you believe them? Do you remember them?

I pray today that God will help you remember His words; that you will find hope in the words of God; that you will be filled with peace from the words of God; that you will not get discouraged or scared; and that you will find life in His words.

2 Peter 1:12 Remember

“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12

Peter had just finished telling the people about their calling in God, reminding them of their salvation in Jesus. Now he tells them that he will always remind them of these things.

Why would he do the constant reminders? Most people will forget what they are told soon after being told it. The world even knows this. Look at how many commercials you see selling a type of car or soda drink. If you watch TV all day, you will most likely see the same commercials over and over many times. At times the commercial may change, but the product is the same. This is because people forget.

In the Old Testament the people were told to talk about God when they get up, throughout the day and before going to bed at night. This is so they would not forget who God is and what He has done for them.

Even though it may sometimes get redundant people still need to be reminded daily of what God can do and has already done. Can you remember absolutely everything God has done for you? Or what God did in the Bible? No one can remember all of those things. Everyone needs to be reminded.

How does being reminded help you? It will build your trust in God after seeing everything He has already done. It continues to encourage you. Do not allow yourself to forget the things of God. Read God’s Word daily to learn of Him. Tell others what you know of God and what He has done for you. Keep reminding yourself and others of what He has done.

I pray that God will help you remember all that He has done for you; that God will open doors for you to share with others what He has done and is doing; that God will encourage you in your walk with Him daily; and that God will continue to build you up more and more like Jesus every day.

Hebrews 10:17-18 No More Needed

“Then he adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” Hebrews 10:17-18

The author of Hebrews again quotes from the Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:34. At the original time of this quote Jeremiah was looking forward into a future time. God was stating that there would come a day in which He will not remember a person’s sin or lawless acts. This was stated while still under the Law requiring sacrifices.

It is easy to forget that God was in control since the day Adam and Eve sinned. Many forget that even on that day He had a plan already in place to save all men from their sins. God knew that He would have to get rid of the sin in order to ‘not remember it’ anymore. Often people think that God felt He messed up and had to try a different plan–requiring sacrifices; and, then, when that did not work, He decided to send His Son to die for us. This was not the case at all. Jesus dying on the cross was the plan from the beginning. After Jesus died and rose again, God is willing to forgive the sins of all who believe in Jesus and what He did.

Here the author states that since man is forgiven there is no need for a sacrifice. Nearly every person will agree that there is no need for animal sacrifice anymore. But many will try to sacrifice other things because of a past sin. Often people will give extra money to the poor to “pay” for their sins and make themselves better for God; or they will do a charity work that they do not really want to do; or they will deny themselves any pleasure. Others will often quit praying because they feel God will not hear them anymore because of some sin they did. Still others will ask God to forgive them of a sin that they have asked forgiveness of a thousand times already. None of these things help at all.

God hears every person, no matter what he has done, if he calls out to Him with a sincere heart. When we accept what Jesus has done for us, we must accept that God has forgiven us and cast out the record of that sin. There is nothing that we can do to help purge a past sin from our lives, Jesus has done it all.

Today we need to rest assured that God has forgiven us of every sin we have repented of. If we ask God with a sincere heart to forgive all of our sins (without mentioning each one by name) He is willing to forgive immediately forever those sins. Do not try to add any type of sacrifice to God for your sins. Only seek God and do what He is calling you to do…nothing more, nothing less.  Turn away from those sins and nothing more is ever needed.

I pray that today God will reveal to you His love and forgiveness He has for you; that God will help you to see that you are forgiven in Jesus; that God will help you to see you do not need to do more to be forgiven; and that God will reveal to you the service He has in store for you each and every day.

Hebrews 2:1 Pay Careful Attention

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Hebrews 2:1

The author here tells us to pay the most careful attention to what we have heard. What is it that we have heard that he is talking about? It is the mighty moves of God in the Old Testament; the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets; the many teachings of God; and the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. We have heard about how God is in control, and how Jesus provides salvation. The Bible tells us how to live our lives. Now the author says to pay the “most careful attention” to all this information.

What is most careful attention? How often do we listen to someone talking and then they ask for a response and we have to ask what did you say? Or how often are we told by someone about something coming up and the two days later have already forgot about it. It is very easy to overlook common things, or things that are not very “important”. Yet the author here talks about most careful attention.

We need to keep a close eye on all the details of the Bible. It is very easy to overlook the small things in the Bible, but this is also what we must pay attention to. Everything in the Bible was put there by God for a purpose. As soon a a person forgets the details and what he has learned, that person starts to drift. A person driving down the road must pay attention to the speed limit, turns in the road, other traffic, wild animals, anything on the road, where he is at on the road, how much fuel he has, how hot the engine temperature is, and many other things to safely drive down a road. If he forgets to look at any of these things on a regular basis, problems can occur very quickly and possibly result in a castrophic event.

In life if you start to forget or ignore the teachings you have learned in the Bible you also will start to drift. One will start to slowly pull away from God and drift into more and more sin. The end result will be eternal punishment in hell.

I pray that today you will examine your life and see if you are drifting already. If you are seek God to get back on track. I pray that God will touch the hearts of everyone reading this and bring to remembrance everything he/she has learned from the Bible; that He will give you strength to stay focused on the path He has for you; and that He will not allow you to drift off the path.