glory days

"Now I think I'm going down to the well tonight
and I'm going to drink till I get my fill
And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it
but I probably will
Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
a little of the glory of...
well time slips away
and leaves you with nothing mister but
boring stories of glory days"
Bruce Springsteen, Glory Days

Ecclesiasties 7:10
Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

We are always tempted to look back and think about the "glory days" when things were better or easier than they are now. Are we falling into the same trap as the Israelites who looked back at their days in slavery in Egypt as the "glory days" because they didn't have any cucumber or garlic in the desert?! 

I don't want to get to the end of my life as a Christian talking about what God did in my life 60 years ago as the "glory days". I want to talk about what He's been doing throughout those 60 years, and what He did yesterday.
Church attendance in this country used to be much higher than it is now. Were they the glory days?  Did that represent more lives transformed by the gospel or just a lot more people sitting in church because that was what everybody did?

Maybe you look back at your own life 5 years ago and think things were a lot easier. Were they the glory days? Maybe your circumstances are a lot more difficult now but if God is using that to change and develop your relationship with Him, then the easy life wasn't better, even if it was more comfortable.

"God has been always good, and men always bad; and if, in some respects, the times are now worse than they have been, perhaps in other respects they are better." Matthew Henry

Whether you're looking at last year or 50 years ago, thinnking personally or corporately, we were still great sinners needing a great Saviour, Jesus.

"There has never been a glory day... but there is one coming" Matt Chandler