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Remember the good old days?  Remember back in “tha” day?  Wasn’t life amazing?

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Let’s be honest. No.

No, it wasn’t.

But doesn’t it feel that way sometimes?

When your new house isn’t so great, or is too far away and there’s no family nearby, you daydream and only remember the good things about the last house/city/state you lived in. Maybe you were more comfortable but were you walking in your calling?  Weren’t you ready for a change?  Until God moved you.

What about when your relationship – or even your marriage – is struggling to stay afloat suddenly you start to recall old relationships as better than they actually were.  But you know he/she was unhealthy for you and you were settling for temporary satisfaction. Weren’t you complaining that you weren’t spiritually on the same page? Then God freed you.

When our present reality starts to lose its appeal it’s easy to place the past on a pedestal. This yearning for yesterday can be a natural reaction when there’s trouble today.

And this is a dangerous thing.  You’ll either waste time daydreaming about days gone by, or you’ll decide to do something and may make a decision that leaves permanent damage.

Look, the children of God struggled with the same thing.

In Exodus 16, the Israelites found themselves in the wilderness with no food.  They had run out of whatever supply they brought with them from Egypt and in response they complained to their leaders (Moses and Aaron) about their hunger.  They were a bit miserable.

Their misery made them misremember (yeah, that’s a word).

Listen to their complaint,
Ex 16:3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, 
but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

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Whoa.

Do you see what happened there? Because they were hungry in that moment and couldn’t figure out the plan for them to be fed they put the past on a pedestal.  They actually compared being FREE to being SLAVES.  Their reasoning?  Well at least as slaves we had plenty to eat.  How ridiculous!  It’s unthinkable that someone would rather be in bondage with a full belly than to be FREE and have to walk by FAITH.

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But we do it all the time. We allow our own desires to partner up with darkness and suck us into situations that may feel fulfilling but they are killing our faith and delaying our freedom.  If we take an honest look at our lives, we’ll see that God’s purpose is always about moving forward.  He rescues us from our past – there’s no need to run back to it and make it more than it was.

And you know what else?  In those times of hunger, thirst, and discontentment if I choose to stay in that MOMENT I might see God work a MIRACLE.  It’s in my hunger and thirst that He supernaturally causes heaven to yield bread and rocks to yield water.  I get the privilege to watch God provide when I boldly stay in my place of need and invite Him in.

So today I choose to see the past for what it is and keep it were it belongs.  I won’t let my misery change my memory. I don’t want to miss an opportunity for God’s glory today because I’m too busy glorifying yesterday.

I choose to move forward by faith.

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