The days of your prime 

Old Testament: Job 29.1–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 29–30 on July 4, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Poor Job! Who can calculate the magnitude of his suffering? After speaking of the source of wisdom in chapter 28, he then reminisced on the days of his prime, which had been just a few months previous. 

Job further continued his discourse, and said: “Oh, that I were as in months past, as in the days when God watched over me…just as I was in the days of my prime…when my children were around me; when my steps were bathed with cream, and the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!”

– Job 29.1–6 

We can understand his grief. Who can fault him for wanting the days of his prime to return? Yet, remembering those days only heightened the misery of his current days. Good days would return, but for the moment, he had to concentrate on his current troubles. 

There is a time and a place to remember, but if it keeps you from being effective in the present, remembering the past should be replaced with living in the present. 


  • When were your best days? 
  • If things are not good for you now, do you believe they will be in the future? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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