Read: Numbers 14:2,11-23
Some people live their lives looking in the rear-view mirror. They yearn for the “good old days” when life seemed better. They think that families were stronger, Christians were nobler, and people were happier.
The Israelites were masters at glorifying the ugly past. As slaves in Egypt they had been desperate, but after Moses led them out of bondage they were soon longing for the “good old days.” Many of them wanted to go back to Egypt, even though it would mean suffering under the bondage and feeling Pharaoh’s lash. It is no wonder that God did not let them enter the Promised Land (Num. 14:23,29).
Some Christians would like to get back to the “good old days” of the church. But which church? Believers have faced huge difficulties since the days of Paul. The early church was plagued by sexual immorality (1 Cor. 5:1), heresy (Gal. 1:6-7), and disagreement (Acts 15:1-2). There were no “good old days” for the church in the first century, and even in the twentieth century.
Avoid the trap of looking back unless it is to recall a lesson learned or to glory in what God has accomplished. For those whose lives are centred in Christ, the best days are always yet to come. To live in the past is to miss today’s opportunities and tomorrow’s blessings.