Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 22 Scripture Selection: Ecclesiastes 7-12
Food for Thought: Eccl. 7:10
I bet we’ve all been guilty of this. Everyone looks back on the past and nostalgically calls it “the good ol’ days.” Those were the days when everything was fine, people were nice, and life was good. But ironically, the people living back then said the same thing!
Of course, we can list things that were measurably better in earlier ages. So what’s wrong with such a statement? Well for starters, it ignores God’s perfect purpose for your life and bountiful blessings of the present. It projects an attitude of complaining and discontent instead of gratitude that the Lord has chosen us for something wonderful for this day and age. He put us here “for such a time as this (Esther 4:14).” And with Him, life is good. We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13), and He makes all things work together for our good (Rom. 8:28).
Continuously looking back and wishing we could go back in history keeps us from “pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).” We’ve been gifted with today. God chose us for this day and specially designed it for us. “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps. 118:24)!”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):