Were the former days really that much better than the days we are living in now? If so, is there any chance that they become good again? How?
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17
LORD Jesus, we praise You for the Bible. We thank You that we are having free access to Your Word — that we can read and study it. Help us, O God we pray, that we may not only be hearers but also doers of the Word. Enable us to see the Light on our paths and to follow in Your Footsteps. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Commenting on Psalm 14:1 Matthew Henry writes:
We are sometimes tempted to think, “Surely there never was so much atheism and profaneness as there is in our days;” but we see the former days were no better; even in David’s time there were those who had arrived at such a height of impiety as to deny the very being of a God and the first and self-evident principles of religion.
Built on the rocks vs built on the Rock
People try to find their happiness in all kinds of people, places and things. At first glance, some may seem to succeed; observe, though, what happens when things are tough and going against their will. As soon as their world is shaken and begins to crumble they begin to complain, become bitter and rebellious.
So is this whole life, as the Preacher says in Ecclesiastes, vanity and grasping for the wind? Yes, as long as we build our life on the foundation of a world on the rocks.
People, places, and things of life under the sun, apart from God, will never satisfy us nor could they ever give us the Peace we so desperately need for our souls. Fact is that sooner or later they will disappoint or even threaten to crush us.
It is so important that we set our foundations in order. We have to know what and whose word we believe — especially while this is happening in the world today. Why? Because, as Psalm 11:3 says:
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?
Note, though, that this is not talking about solid and eternal foundations of this world. We have to remember that we are on a journey, passing through this world, and waiting for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Heb 11:10)
So, while all of this is happening in the world:
Keep your focus on the right foundations.