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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Days Gone By

Job 26:1 thru 29:25

I had one of those, Well, back in my day, conversations with my daughter a couple years ago where I was explaining that when I was her age there was no internet, no texting, cell phones, or instant messaging. 

Her response, How did you survive?

Survive I did.  As a matter of fact, looking back I see where life was so much simpler.

Job did some looking back today too.  But not only did he look back at the years gone by, he was longing for those years (Job 29:2).

He said in verse 7, Those were the days.

Some of us have a painful past and our memories are consumed with occurrences from 10 years ago. 

On the other hand, some of us have a past reminiscent of Job's, filled with prosperity, life, and hope and today our hearts are consumed with longing to go back to our Those-were-the-days days.

But if we look at Job's speech in chapter 29 we see him getting a little self-focused.

From verse 2 through 25 he uses the word 'I' 16 times, 'me' 9 times and 'my' 7 times.  He was thinking only of himself with no knowledge of what was going on in the heavens.  He had no idea what God was planning for him.  He was just self absorbed thinking only of his great past that is no longer in existence.

But you know, life is not all about us.  It is not all about whether or not I get to spend my money on me, or going where I want to go for dinner.

When we are so focused on ourselves we forget where our focus should be and that is on God.

Now I have to say in Job’s defense, he has lost almost everything, his sons and daughters, his livestock, his homes, and his health so if I were him I'm certain I too would be longing for the past.

And today if you find yourself in the same boat with Job sailing through the stormy seas of life I have a great scripture for you...

But forget the past and do not dwell on it, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.  Isaiah 43:18-19

Job has no idea God is about to do a new and great thing for him.  He could not perceive it.  And sometimes we cannot perceive it either. 

But when we can't perceive it, that's when we just have to believe it.

You have no idea what is going on up in the heavens on your behalf.   But God is getting ready to do a new thing in you and for you.  And if you can't perceive it, just believe it.

You will never move into your future until you are willing to walk away from your past, whether it was good or bad. 

Job is reliving the greatness of days gone by.  In order for him to move forward he will have to quit looking back and look to where he is going.

Mike Murdock says it like this, Start using your imagination instead of your memories.

Job's past was good. 

His present is bad. 

But his future is going to be great.

And like Job, our eye's, or should I say I's, have to be focused on God or we will not be able to see our new thing.

I don't want to miss one thing God is going to do for me. 

How about you?

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