Reprinted from the January / February 2014 issue of “Christian Woman” Magazine.
By Sybil Walker
Some 3,000 years ago, King Solomon considered the human condition and concluded that all people experience the same things. Each life has some joy and some sadness, some hope and some despair, some temptation and some triumph. Solomon was looking back at his own life when he said, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJV).
Looking back was not a new thing. Many people before Solomon had looked back. Lot’s wife looked back even after God had told her not to, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:17, 26). We do not know why she looked back, but it always reminds us to obey God.
Soon after they were freed from Egyptian slavery, the people of Israel looked back and wished for foods like cucumbers and garlic (Numbers 11:5). They remembered the good things of their former life and ignored the misery. About that time, Moses realized the journey would be more difficult and longer than he had expected.
How often we want the easy, beautiful trip. How seldom do we think there will be sand in our eyes and pebbles in our shoes. We welcome the prospect of a new and better situation but fail to consider the effort required to achieve it (2 Timothy 3:12).