On May 18, I had the pleasure of turning 50 years old and I can honestly say that I don’t feel like I am 50. With that being said, I feel like my best days are ahead of me.
There are many people who have allowed life to make them feel that their best days are behind them and their worst days are ahead of them. I feel like my best days are ahead of me because of the wisdom that I have attained in these 50 years of living. I am convinced that all of us have made mistakes that have caused us to say, “If I only knew then what I know now.”
I am a much better and a much wiser individual because of the mistakes that I have made. Therefore, this qualifies me to be able to have a much brighter future because of what I have been through and the fact that I have learned how to forgive others as well as myself. The things that you and I have been through should help us to have better days ahead.
I am reminded in the Bible of a man named Job who had gone through a tragic time in his life, but he proved to me that even though life doesn’t always seem fair, you can still come out on top. Job was a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. The Bible says that he also had many servants and he was the richest man in his area. In one day, Job lost all of the things that he had acquired, including his children.
Not long after that, Job’s health was challenged and he had sore boils from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. The sores affected his skin so badly until his friends didn’t even recognize who he was. That sounds like a lot to have to deal with in just a few days doesn’t it? And we have the nerve to complain about what we are going through!
This man lost his family, his wealth, and his health in a matter of a few days. During the time that Job was dealing with all of this, his wife told him to curse God and die. Job responded by calling her foolish because he understood that God is the One who gives and He is the One who can take it away.
The beautiful thing about the story of Job is that he held on to his integrity. He went through his period of rage, protests, moans, and even vacillated between confidence and despair, but he never gave up. What is also to be noted is that his friends kept saying that he must have done something wrong for all of this to happen to him. Yes, you will always have haters in your circle as well.
Let me encourage you today: you can be in the will of God and still go through challenging times. As a matter of fact, you can expect to go through challenges when you are doing what God asks of you. But, that is not reason enough to give up on what God has for you. I don’t care what you have done or what you are dealing with now; your best days are ahead of you.
I speak this into your life because there are some of you who feel like life is not worth living, but the devil is a lie, your best days are ahead of you. You could be going through divorce; facing unemployment or foreclosure; facing a challenging health dilemma; or some other misfortune, but I still say that your best days are ahead of you.
One thing that I want to challenge all of you to do is to take the bitter with the sweet. In other words, learn how to deal with the ups and downs of life. If Job had not been able to deal with his misfortune, he would have never known that his best days were ahead of him. If you skip over to the last chapter of Job you will see proof of this.
The Bible says in Job 42:10-13, “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! (11) Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring. (12.) So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. (13) He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters.”
This says to you and me that first we have to pray for those that do us wrong. The verse says that God blessed him AFTER he prayed for his friends. In other words, if he had held on to the unforgiveness towards his friends, he would have never experienced the blessings that God had for him. I believe that is why many people can’t see better days ahead of them because they are holding on to unforgiveness.
You will never have better days ahead of you until you learn how to let go of unforgiveness. Let go of what someone did to you as well as what you have done so that your latter days can be better than your first. Job’s second half of his life was better than the first half all because he learned how to deal with misfortune and he learned how to pray for those who went against him. If you and I can learn how to deal with life’s misfortunes without becoming bitter, we can experience the same results as Job.
Our second half of our lives can be better than the first if we remember these principles. Remember, your best days are ahead of you!