Ahhh… don’t you just remember the fun you used to have back in the world? Oh, man, it was so fun!! All the parties you used to go to! The late nites, the laughter, the Night Clubs… Oh Yeah!!! The Disco Ball was spinning….
Daily Bible reading: Exodus 15-20
Ex. 16:3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
Chapters 15 and 16 of Exodus are the beginnings of the notorious murmurings and grumblings of the forgetful Children of Israel. Here they are talking about the “Good ‘Ol days”. It’s crazy how we, as Christians, get caught up in this whole “Good ‘Ol Days” thing. We look back at our old life of sin and seem to have selective amnesia. We seem to only remember certain aspects of it. Here the Children of Israel were in effect saying…
“Oh great, I can’t believe God allowed this in my life!?? Sometimes I wish I wasn’t even a Christian! I remembers back in the world – having no worries, smoking dope, getting drunk, going to parties – I could do anything I wanted! But this whole “Jesus thing” is really starting to get on my nerves!!??”
But they forgot that their bondage in Egypt wasn’t just sitting around by the flesh pots and gorging on anything they wanted, they were slaves. Day after day they made bricks in the hot sun. Yeah, sounds like fun. Apparently they forgot about that. The “Good ‘Ol Days”? What about their cruel taskmasters [Ex. 1:11]? Doesn’t sound like such a good time to me.
I think we need to be careful about drinking in that dangerous beverage called, “Good ‘Ol Days”. Selective amnesia will bite us like a rattlesnake in the end. Although I don’t recommend doing a whole lot of “looking back”, I do feel it’s healthy to remember just how bad our life without Jesus Christ was. It was slavery. We were working for Satan. Sure, it’s all fun and games until you HAVE TO have a drink everyday. I’m sure the person first trying Crack Cocaine at a party thought it would be fun to take just a puff of it, but never imagined that they would be enslaved by it, and having the shakes when they couldn’t get any from their master – the drug dealer.
“Dear Lord, let me not every think back on the days I suffered under the cruel taskmaster of my flesh with delight. Help me to see that You have a plan for my life, and that You are taking care of me – even during the tough times You will lead me. Empower me today to look ahead with faith, trust, and obedience. In Jesus’ Name, Amen