Thank you for joining me this morning and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". If you are at all like me, you may find yourself at times remembering back to the "days of old". Sometimes they are pleasant memories sometimes not! Regardless, I want to put a question out to you this morning...."Have you learned from your past"? Let's look at this a little further:
For example, didn't the Lord Jesus tell his disciples to remember Lot's wife? Yes, and shouldn't we remember God's past mercies to us? Yes! Forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2-5. Did not the Lord institute a feast of bread and wine by which we were to keep in remembrance his death for us? Obviously there are blessings and lessons and warnings which we must remember. What then are the things we must forget?
1. The successes of the past..
There is a man described to us in Zechariah 2 who wants to go back from the exile in Babylon and measure the ruins of Jerusalem. The city has been destroyed for over seventy years, but this man wants past glories and past failures to decide the dimensions of the future. God tells the man that the future Jerusalem is going to be a city without walls because of the great numbers who are going to be its inhabitants. Let's forget the glories of the good old days. Let's concentrate on where we are going. There is something else in the past we must forget.
2. The pleasures of sin, and the taste of the forbidden fruit we must forget...
Did Eve ever dare to say to Adam , " but didn't that fruit taste like nothing else you've ever tasted," as they daily walked by the grave where their murdered son Abel lay buried? Remember the children of Israel in the wilderness how they were given all they needed for the journey to Canaan - manna, fresh water, quails, a divine Guide by night and day, and all the protecting power of Jehovah.
But there came hard times when they started to look back at everything they had left behind: "We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost - also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!" (Num. 11:5-6). They let sinful nostalgia for what they could never have again destroy their satisfaction with what they had now. They looked back selectively at the life of slavery in Egypt through rose-tinted glasses. How pleasant they made it seem. They failed to trust God for the present and be grateful for all his mercies.
We will stop here today and go on next week. Keep looking forward but when you do look back, remember to not stay there to long.
Blessing and see you next week
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