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“Ah, the Good Old Days”
I Used to hear people long for the good old days. I didn’t know what they were.
Now I am old enough, that sometimes I long for the good old days.
There is only one problem.
We only tend to remember the best things when we think of the good old days.
I invite you to read the following verses.
Exodus 16:1-3
1 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt.
2 In the desert, the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Okay, here is the reality of Israel when they were under the thumb of Egypt’s pharaoh.
Exodus 5:15-21
15 Then the Israelite foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way?
16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.”
17 Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are — lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’
18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”
19 The Israelite foremen realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.”
20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, 21 and they said, “May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
When tempted to complain about life circumstances, don’t wish for the good old days.
Thank the Lord God for the times He has placed us in and be ready to be used by Him.
When we think closely, sometimes the good old days were not as good as we remember.


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