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Daily Devotional: Live in the Moment (Day 26)

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Living In The Moment

Daily Devotional Series - Day 26

Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:8-12

For some you, this may feel like a not so veiled message to get on with church life. “Quit living in the past and embrace the future.” Yes and no. “No” in the sense that this verse is just coming up in the natural order of things. If you start at chapter one, verse one, and read to chapter twelve, verse fourteen, guess what? You’re going to read this verse. “Yes” in the sense that for the purpose of stripping things away and “Living in the Moment” it is absolutely vital in many areas of life.

You can’t recreate what God created. God did something unique to the time, place, and circumstances. (John 3:6-8)
Longing for the past prevents you from enjoying the present. (Remember what Solomon tells us to do? Eat, drink, etc.) Luke 5:36-38
Being connected to God and others is what crosses generations. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

When my Uncle Bud passed away from cancer, my Aunt Esther’s world was rocked to its foundation. For a couple of years, her life was filled with sighs and reminiscing about the good old days. Then something happened. (Grandchildren among other things.) All of a sudden she was traveling the world. Every day was a new day full of adventure. She became a woman of Ecclesiastes 5:20. Full of joy and life. She loved her past but it did not define her. God is always in the present.

Some of you are mourning right now. You’ve lost a loved one. You’re losing a place that holds memories, a job has ended, and you wish you could turn back the clock. While understandable, it should not define who you are.

Key Scripture

“Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.” Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV)

“Don’t always be asking, “Where are the good old days?”
Wise folks don’t ask questions like that.” Ecclesiastes 7:10 (MSG)

Today’s Prayer

Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, author of time, help me when I get stuck looking backwards but to keep moving forward one step at time in my journey with you, trusting that you know where you are going. In Jesus’ name. Amen