The Days of Your Prime

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 29 and 30.
Poor Job! Who can calculate the magnitude of his suffering? After speaking of the source of wisdom in chapter 28, he then reminsced on the days of his prime, which had been just a few months previous. “Job further continued his discourse, and said: ‘Oh, that I were as in months past, as in the days when God watched over me…just as I was in the days of my prime…when my children were around me; when my steps were bathed with cream, and the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!’” (Job 29:1–6). We can understand his grief. Who can fault him for wanting the days of his prime to return? Yet, remembering those days only heightened the misery of his current days. Good days would return, but for the moment, he had to concentrate on his current situation.
There is a time and a place to remember, but if it keeps you from being effective for the present, remembering the past should be replaced with living in the present.

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