“Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
“Would that we had meat for food! We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now we are famished; we see nothing before us but this manna.” (cf. Numbers 11)
Carly Simon, notwithstanding, the rear view mirror is one of Satan’s devices tempting us to go back to our Egypt. The apostle Paul said, “Forgetting the things in the past.” How do you merge your memory with God’s memory?
- Stop asking WHY. Even the great Moses was trapped in the circular firing squad of the WHY (cf. “Why do you treat your servant so badly?” “Why are you so displeased with me.”) Even Moses needed to learn there is no future in WHY.
- Start Singing. As the Psalmist requests, “Start singing with joy to God our help.” Singing the Psalms invites the voice of God. Hearing the voice of God equals walking in His way.
- Eat God’s manna. In the Old Covenant, we memorized God’s word day in day out (cf. Psalm 119). In the New Covenant, we eat the body and blood of Christ. As a member of His vine, He transfuses us with His body, soul and divinity.