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Through Rose coloured glasses

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Do you ever think back fondly to a previous time in your life and think, “If only I could go back to the good ol’ days; how great life was then.”?

But, was it really that great?

Faced with difficult circumstances today, it’s often easy to discount the negative things that once happened. Instead we tend to put on our rose-colored glasses and focus solely on the positive, “great” things life delivered at that time. “I had a boyfriend that respected me, a job that I loved, friends galore, no responsibilities, no debt and money to spend. Ah, the good ol’ days.”

What more could you want?

One-year track reading:Exodus 15-16

Focused reading: Exodus 16:1-36

Manna From Heaven

The Israelites faced the same nostalgia. After being oppressed, enslaved and beaten down for years, they finally manage to escape thanks to a powerful, promise-keeping God. Pharaoh’s armies were swallowed by the sea, yet the Israelites were allowed to pass over dry land, and still, they grumble.

They complain of lack of food and water to the same God who delivered them from their bondage. Why?

It Takes Time

Maybe the same reason we do. God often provides passage through difficult days, delivering us from our oppression. And yet the next time we’re faced with an obstacle or seemingly insurmountable challenge, we begin grumbling, complaining and blaming again.

We ask God, “Why? Why me? Why again?”

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

~Deuteronomy 8:2-3

Yet, we sometimes forget that God’s love may not instantly remove all our discomfort. God hasn’t promised that life will be all smooth-sailing and easy. He’s only promised we won’t go through it alone. He’ll be with us, to comfort and support us through all of our trials and tribulations.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he. I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

~Isaiah 46:4

So the next time you’re longing for the “good ol’ days,” take off those rose-colored glasses and realize that things maybe weren’t as perfect as you’re remembering they were.

Today’s Reflection

  1. In what ways have you been “delivered from oppression”? What circumstances cause you to look back? What do you look back to?
  2. How often do you blame others for circumstances God has allowed in your life?
  3. How has God graciously provided for your needs despite your grumbling and complaining? Spend some time praising the bread of life, Jesus Christ, for feeding your soul.

Related readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-3; John 6:32-35; Philippians 4:6-7

~Women’s Devotional Bible, Zondervan

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