Accept things as they are

Using Ecclesiastes 7.10 as the lead-off Bible verse, Ed M. shares a powerful devotional today. His first paragraph tells you where he’s headed:

To dwell on the past is to neglect the present. Pining for the “good ole days” reflects a misunderstanding of the ways of God. Servants of the Most High will accept things as they are. They will learn “to be content whatever the circumstances,” Philippians 4:11.

Focus question: How can we be mindful of the present? What do you do to cultivate contentment now?

  • Too many people dwell on the past. There are church buildings full of people who yearn for “the good old days.” There are many who think their lives are over and yearn for “the good old days.” THESE days we are alive, serving God, living for Jesus ARE the good old days! It’s time God’s people stopped thinking about the past and started thinking about THE PRESENT and what they can do to serve and glorify the one true God. The time to live for Jesus is NOW. Don’t get hung up on what you might think are “the good old days.” The apostle Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 3:13-14 NET). 

What say you?