The Past Is Past

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Job 28-30

Job extols the technological achievements of man, but points out that they do not bring wisdom, which only comes from God. What a message to our generation, which is so advanced in its technology! With all our genius, people do not have wisdom. Many have wealth and education, but make a mess of their lives. Someone has said this is a day of guided missiles and misguided men. Christ is the source of true wisdom; we need to share Him with our generation.

Job continues by contrasting his present misery with the past when God was with him and all men showed him the highest respect. He claims that he did what was right because he had concern for the poor. “I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless who had none to help him” (29:12). Yet now, “I cry to thee and thou dost not answer me” (30:20). The loving God is not treating him as well as he had treated others, and he cannot comprehend this.

When we are going through trials, comparing our present situation to the wonderful past does no good. It only generates self-pity, which is one of the most destructive attitudes we can have. The past is past. Each phase of our lives must be handled. Things do not stay the same. Changes come, and we need to ask for grace to handle the problems of the present, instead of dreaming about the past.

PRAYERFather, help us to deal with our present problems with Your help. In Jesus’ name. Amen.