History wasn’t my strong suit in high school. I was a pretty average student, but had a teacher that seemed to find it necessary to relive the Civil War on the top of his desk. He would lead the various battles with his imaginary sword drawn and spew the general’s commands as he re-enacted each one.
As time goes by and my old mind has a history of its own, I find the subject to be much more interesting than I did then. Programs shown on the American Heroes, History and public broadcasting channels pertaining to history are not only interesting, they are entertaining as well.
History is said to repeat itself and that we should learn from the mistakes of our ancestors. I guess that’s true, but it doesn’t seem to be the case most of the time. The same kind of things go on and on and on as the did in the ancient times. God’s chosen people, Israel had one common flaw – they continuously turned to the gods of their captors and away from the only true God. It didn’t seem to sink in.
We are much like this in our country. We make the same mistakes over and over and don’t seem to learn from them. We put our faith in transitory things – in temporary fixes – in people who make amazing promises – in property, prestige and power – in anything, but the one true God.
We must return to history – HIS STORY – for examples on how to live. God has a plan for each of us. It was designed and mapped out before our birth. We don’t need to look back, because He has us in the palm of His hand.
JOB 8:8-10 “For inquire, please, of bygone ages,
and consider what the fathers have searched out.
For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,
for our days on earth are a shadow.
Will they not teach you and tell you
and utter words out of their understanding?