The general believes of the 21st youths is that they are the supper civilized generation; computer age generation full of high technological ideas. This concept has made people within age brackets of 18 to 45 years looking down on the elders of age brackets of 60 to 80 years as archaic heads and minds. In another development, the elders look back at their old days and discover good things which have taken place against the so called modern days. Today’s devotional takes a glimpse at the “Good Old Days” our elders talk about. What is read from Job 29: 13 – 17 showed he took a look at his “Good Old Days”, that were at variance with who he was at the time of his reminiscing.
African elders who have lived through several eras of history often talk about the “Good Old Days”. They will be remembering, with extreme pleasure of how things were good, easy and simple. They talk on near total absence of insecurity, about holding small amount of money to purchase many things. They talk of how sexual immoral behaviours were not known. Some will point at the passionate and friendly relationships existing between people from many tribes. They talk of how murdering a fellow human being was a grievous and unpardonable sin. After speaking about their “Good Old Days” they will go on to describe their present days of unpleasant situation. They will do this to show that in their “Good Old Days” life had not always been hard for them. Some of the elders will take a look on how God blessed them with abundant agricultural produce, children of good and respectful behaviours as well as wives very submissive, living in righteous lives.
Truth about looking back at our “Good Old Days build up regret and sorrow in the minds of those reminiscing. Today’s devotional follows suit wondering why the “Good Old Days” contain the stories of goodness, comfort, passionate governmental cares on the masses, maximum security for all and what have you. The author of this devotional met Nigeria Governments giving scholarship to students of tertiary education. Graduating students been given employments before graduating and employments given on merits; regardless of one’s geographical and tribal origins. Just in 1974 till 1979 students of Teachers Training Colleges in Nigeria went through schools free, completely, during General Obasanjo’s military regime. Then everything was free and transport allowances given to the students. What a “Good Old Days” then? Do we still have things like these in our world of today? It could be a big question!
Jehovah, God of Mercy, full of forgiveness, have mercy on the world and the world leaders of today, for deviating from ruling with love and goodness. The world of today is still blessed like the world of yesterdays. Give our leaders new heart and minds to restore us back to the “Good Old Days” in Jesus name.